Professor of Music, Violin
Chair, Department of Strings
School of Music
Maria Sampen, violin, is in demand as a performer of both standard repertoire and new and experimental works. She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and has appeared as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia and North America. She has commissioned and premiered concertos for violin and orchestra, and premiered numerous other chamber works. In 2017 she was a resident musician at the Sichuan Conservatory in China, where she performed and gave a master class. Sampen coaches chamber music, teaches strings pedagogy, and directs the New Music Ensemble. She has served on the faculty at Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina and Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute. Sampen has been featured as a soloist on radio and television broadcasts throughout the country. Her CDs include Milton Babbitt Memorial: 28 Compositions in Memoriam (Perspectives in New Music/Open Space); Quintets: Bolcom/Albright (AMP Records); and Music of Mead and Morris, (Block M Records). She also is recording works by Georges Enesco and Béla Bartók. Sampen has performed and studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria; the Banff Centre for the Arts, in Canada; and with the Dexter Quartet, at the Musicorda Festival in Massachusetts. She was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival. Sampen performs frequently with her new music group, Brave New Works, as well as the IRIS Orchestra of Tennessee, and Puget Sound Piano Trio. Her violin students at Puget Sound have been named winners at many prestigious competitions.
B.M., D.M.A., University of Michigan, 1997, 2002; M.M., Rice University, 1999