Samuel Sanders, classical violinist, aims to bridge the gap between audiences of Classical and Contemporary styles. Sanders specializes in duos with piano, orchestral works from the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, and dabbles in jazz and bluegrass-folk.
New for the 2021-22 season, Sanders performs with the New England Philharmonic, whose mission is “to foster the composition and the appreciation of contemporary classical music by performing commissions and recent works alongside traditional repertoire in concerts that engage and electrify audiences.” Sanders’s upcoming performances with NEP will include world premieres from Yehudi Wyner, Sophia Rocher, and Kathryn Salfelder, as well as Boston premiers from Igor Santos, TJ Cole, and Eric Nathan.
In the summer of 2022, Sanders is embarking on the journey of obtaining certification as a Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program at Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Summer Institute. Therapeutic Music can decrease pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stabilize heart rates, and create a comfortable and safe environment. Sam hopes that he can use his music to uplift anyone and everyone who might need it.
Sanders has appeared with the New England Philharmonic, Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Orchestra FLEX, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra. At the University of Wyoming, Sanders studied with Dr. John Fadial, and at Longy School of Music of Bard College, with Anna Williams. Sanders has the pleasure of playing a violin made by Alexander Tzankow.
Bahar Soyoz is an experienced pianist who enjoys playing both solo and chamber repertoire. She specializes in collaborative piano with voice, but has performed with string, brass and percussion instruments. She received her bachelor’s degree at Hacettepe University in Turkey as a soloist, where she performed many recitals and concerts. During her senior year, Soyoz studied in Leipzig HMT as an Erasmus student under Prof. Markus Tomas. She participated in several music festivals such as Gumusluk Muzik Festivali and AIMA, where she had the chance to work with pianists such as Aysegul Sarica, Idil Biret and Elif Sahin. Working as a coach at Hacettepe University, she developed her deep passion for collaboration. Sharing music on stage was an experience of which she wanted more in her life; she chose to pursue a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at Longy School of Music in the U.S. as a Fulbrighter, under Prof. Renana Gutman. Performing often with voice at different venues, Soyoz wants to expand the idea of collaboration with multi-disciplined art events together with her ensemble partner Baritone David Mather (ensemble ‘A Priori’). She believes collaboration is an influence on all, and it brings out more creativity in everyone. Bahar joined SSC in 2021 as piano faculty.