Sam DeCaprio, Cellist
Currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, cellist Samuel DeCaprio is quickly establishing himself as one of today's most creative artists and educators. Winner of the 2018 Aldo Parisot Prize from the Yale School of Music, awarded to "gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers," he has won numerous prizes throughout his career including the Arlington, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Oneppo Chamber Music, William C. Byrd, and Windham Arts Council Young Artist competitions, as well as the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Interested in a wide range of music beyond the classical realm, he recorded an album for ECM Records with Cuban-jazz composer and pianist David Virelles as a member of the Nosotros Ensemble. Other recent creative projects include a recording of Steve Reich’s Double Sextet for the Vic Firth label, and a music video of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet for The Crypt Sessions.
Upcoming events include his Lincoln Center concerto debut with The Juilliard Orchestra in January 2020, as well as solo and chamber performances in England, New York City, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Recent highlights include appearances on WQXR Midday Masterpieces, Lincoln Center’s Focus! Festival, Juilliard’s ChamberFest, the Schneider Concerts at The New School, and a series of recitals in Indonesia with pianist Edith Widayani. In past seasons, Mr. DeCaprio has given solo performances and recitals in major cities across North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and has made concerto appearances with the Capstone, University of Connecticut, and Willimantic Symphony Orchestras.
His festival participations include Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Kneisel Hall, Lake George, and the NAC Young Artist Program led by violinist Pinchas Zukerman. He has also served as a principal cellist at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was a recipient of a “Talented Students in the Arts” Fellowship and shared leadership responsibilities with other mentoring fellows. Mr. DeCaprio holds degrees from the University of Connecticut (B.M., summa cum laude), Eastman School of Music (M.M.), Mannes School of Music (P.S.D.), and Yale School of Music (M.M.A.).