Ethiopian-Hungarian violinist Samuel Nebyu has performed as a soloist at international music festivals and venues such as the Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie Concert Hall, KKL in Lucerne, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal and Grosse Saal in Salzburg, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Mayor in Colombia, Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru and Astana Central Concert Hall in Kazakhstan.
He has performed with the Brussels Philharmonic, Bacau Philharmonic, Ion Dumitrescu Philharmonic, Wallonie Chamber Orchestra, Eurasian Symphony Orchestra, iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra, and Anne-Sophie Mutter Virtuosi. His first CD, Music by Composers of African Descent, was released on the BCM+D label and was named Album of the Week by WRTI radio in Philadelphia and WQXR in New York. Nebyu is featured on a second CD called Majestic Classics, where he performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra and violist Juan Miguel Hernandez. In 2019, he was the featured soloist at the Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing the concerto for violin with choir and orchestra “Singing Rooms” by Jennifer Higdon, and also gave a recital with Lambert Orkis in Rock Hall, Philadelphia.
Nebyu has received a commendation from the city of Los Angeles after his performance at the Walt Disney Hall in 2019. In October 2019, he joined Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Virtuosi on her sixth tour with the exclusive soloist ensemble. He performed Mendelssohn’s octet and Bach’s concerto for two violins with Anne-Sophie Mutter. In January 2021, during the lockdown, Nebyu performed a recital with Charles Abramovic on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philadelphia virtually for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He recently joined Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi on a month-long tour in Europe, giving 19 performances in Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland. Samuel had the privilege to perform the Swiss premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Gran Cadenza for two violins with Anne-Sophie Mutter at the KKL in Lucerne. On September 1, he will perform at the Lucerne Festival with Abramovic presenting a recital of composers of color, which will include a premiere that was written for Nebyu, Grey Fireworks by composer Tyson Davis.