Henry Samuels is a bass player and teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed in orchestras in the most prominent concert halls across the US, Europe, and Asia.
Henry received music performance degrees from Boston University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Henry has performed with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan where he performed as a guest member of the Sapporo Symphony.
As a Cleveland resident, he performs regularly with the Akron Symphony. As a member of the Akron Symphony bass section, Henry has performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms 2nd Symphony, and the Bruch Violin Concerto with violinist Joshua Bell on the Bruch violin concerto. He also performs with the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony, and the Cleveland Choral Arts Society.
Henry also performs as the solo double bass player with Stars in the Classics: a Cleveland concert series that features recently graduated musicians performing chamber and solo works. He recently performed on their WCLV 104.9 ideastream program performing Gliere’s Intermezzo and Tarantella with pianist Amy Tan.
Henry has recently been exploring his love for Jewish music by performing and doing klezmer workshops across Cleveland. He recently worked with klezmer virtuoso Steve Greenman in a workshop culminating in performances at the Maltz Performing Arts Center and the Euclid Tavern.
Henry frequently arranges music, and has performed show tune arrangements featuring the double bass with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and for different retirement homes with his mother Kate Samuels playing the piano. Henry is currently the double bass instructor at the Avon and Strongsville School of Music, and the bass sectional coach at Avon High School.