Samuel is a pianist, arranger, composer, educator and writer. He studied piano with Stephanie McCallum and Christine Logan. Samuel received a 1st Class Honours degree in music for his thesis "The Arranging and Orchestration Techniques of Maestro Tommy Tycho, 1973-1993," and was subsequently awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Award to undertake PhD research on the same topic.
For the past several years Samuel has been active as a pianist (classical and jazz), arranger, composer and writer within a diverse range of fields. He has been lecturing and tutoring at the University of Sydney in the areas of advanced analysis, analysis, film music, music journalism, arranging, contemporary music and on occasion music performance.
Samuel's PhD, which he is submitting at the end of 2017 is a study of the life and music of Maestro Tommy Tycho within the context of light music. Samuel has presented many conference papers on this topic, and is currently preparing a lecture-recital examining the history and performance of Tommy Tycho's "Sydney Suite," composed for solo piano. In 2014 Samuel appeared as a special guest on a two-part special of ABC Radio Nationals show "Rare Collections" where he investigated the life of Tommy Tycho through his many recordings. In 2016 Samuel curated an interactive library display at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music using images, scores, sheet music and video footage to create a biographical portrait of Tycho's life.
Samuel has published Tommy Tycho's biographical entry in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. As a journalist Samuel has written over 200 feature articles and interviewed Renee Fleming, Maxim Vengerov, Katie Noonan, Simon Tedeschi, and the master of interviewing : Andrew Ford. Samuel also published an extended feature profile on prolific jazz trombonist and composer Dave Panichi for the American based music publication "Music & Literature." Samuel was a participant in AYO's 2015 Music Camp as part of the Words About Music program. Since then, he has been giving pre-concert talks for Grevillea Ensemble, Nexas Saxophone Quartet and currently is a writer and content producer for Omega Ensemble. Samuel also wrote liner notes for Divergence Jazz Orchestra's second CD "Fake It Until You Make It", Omega's debut album "Munro.Mozart.Palmer," and Nexas Quartet's debut album "Current."
In 2016 Samuel composed "Midnight Stage" for tenor saxophone and piano, which was commissioned by saxophonist Nathan Henshaw. He also was the pianist and arranger for Willoughby Theatre Company's large-scale Gershwin Spectacular production which featured a full orchestra.
In the Summer of 2017 Samuel was a awarde a position in the Summer Scholar's program at the National Library of Australia where he spent six weeks investigating the arrangements and music used by Geoff Harvey on the Midday Show. During his time there Samuel gave a piano recital featuring some of the music he had unearthed (and was the first summer scholar in the history of the program to give a music performance).
Samuel currently lectures in harmony and arranging in the unit Arranging Musics at Western Sydney University and is an active musician and currently writing a book chapter on the concert and chamber music works of film composer Bernard Herrmann.