Sammy Lesnick is a clarinetist living in New York City, devoted to the performance of chamber music and contemporary music. A recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, his teachers include Kenneth Grant, Jon Manasse, Sean Osborn, and Kim Fay. Sammy was the winner of Eastman’s 2013 clarinet concerto competition, performing Magnus Lindberg’s concerto with the Eastman Philharmonia and conductor Brad Lubman. He was awarded first place clarinet at the Washington State solo competition in 2012 and in the same year won the Seattle Symphony Young Artist Competition, performing the final movement of Weber’s Concerto No. 2 with the orchestra and conductor Ludovic Morlot.
Sammy’s passion for new music has brought him to performances in St. Louis with Alarm Will Sound, in New York City with Ensemble Signal, and at venues in Italy, Spain, and Greece. He has worked with many established composers, including Rand Steiger, Chaya Czernowin, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and most recently with Steve Reich, performing New York Counterpoint to a full house at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall with the composer present, followed by a repeat performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Sammy is an avid chamber musician, having performed much of the wind quintet repertoire, in addition to many works with strings and piano. He also has experience as a composer, arranger, and concert producer. In all his musical activities, he hopes to expand the boundaries of performance conventions, and to this end has used improvisation, electronics, and performance art in his concerts. Sammy hopes his performances will excite and surprise audiences, and inspire others to act on their creative impulses.
Sammy is originally from Seattle, Washington and has had a life-long love of nature. When he’s not playing music, he enjoys going outside to walk, bike, kayak, and see funny animals.