Artist Faculty, Trombone
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sam Armstrong began his studies at age 12. His primary teachers were Byron Peebles and James Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2007, he won first prize at the Pasadena Showcase Competition for brass and was a finalist at the International Trombone Association "Gagliardi" Competition, he was also a featured soloist at the MidEurope Festival in Schladming, Austria.
In 2008, Sam continued his education under Joseph Alessi at The Juilliard School, receiving the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship. While in New York he had the opportunity to collaborate with composers John Adams, John Corigliano, and Steve Reich as well as record works by John Zorn and Jonathan Dawe. In 2013, Sam premiered Erhu Suite by Los Angeles based film composer Nathan Wang (adapted for wind ensemble by Charles Fernandez). It is comprised of themes originally scored for a 72 episode Chinese television series about the life of general Yue Fei. Later Sam would tour with the L.A. Symphonic Winds throughout China performing this work with his brother, Michael Armstrong, at the podium. These concerts were met with acclaim in cities Hangzhou, Nanchang, Ningbo, Shanghai and Taicang.
In 2015, Sam graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, receiving the Ruth and Morris Williams Jr. Scholarship while studying with Blair Bollinger, Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn.
Prior to joining the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Sam was appointed Co-Principal of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.