Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed across the US, China, Europe, and Japan. He performs with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra.
Henry also plays chamber music in the greater Cleveland area including for Stars in The Classics in Beachwood, and as a member of Classical Revolution Cleveland. His recent chamber music performances include Mozart’s “Per Questa Bella Mano”, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, and Schulhoff Concertino.
Henry is engaged in the Jewish music scene of Cleveland and is currently a member of the Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Ensemble, lead by violinist Steven Greenman. He is also the bassist for the Workman’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra. He attended the summer music festival KlezKanada in the summer of 2018, where he worked with Dan Blacksberg, Lauren Brody, and Cantor Jeff Warschauer.
Henry has many private bass students across Northeast Ohio ranging in age from early childhood to adult. He is the bass teacher at many local schools including Avon High School, Shaker Heights High School, Strongsville High School, and the Avon School of Music. He is a Suzuki and traditional bass instructor at The Music Settlement, and is working on outreach for the school in order to expand their bass department.
He also adapts violin and cello repertoire for double bass players. He has transcribed many violin and cello works for the bass ranging from Bach Cello Suites to Paganini’s “Moses” Variations. Henry’s early musical exposure was centered on the Great American Songbook, and he enjoys playing jazz and American Standards.
Professional Studies Certificate, Cleveland Institute of Music
B.M. Boston University