Originally from Ottawa, cellist Samuel Bisson is quickly distinguishing himself in Canada as a versatile soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Currently based in Toronto, he performs frequently in the GTA and has performed and toured across Canada, the US, Austria and China. He has performed with renowned Canadian piano trio, the Gryphon Trio and performs regularly as part of the Passport Duo, with pianist Nadia Boucher.
Samuel currently holds the position of principal cellist with the Sneak Peek Orchestra (Toronto) and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra (Markham). He has also appeared as principal and section cellist with the Ottawa Symphnoy Orchestra (Ottawa), the Ontario Philharmonic (Oshawa) and l'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne (Montreal).
Over the years, Samuel has had the pleasure of working with many renowned cellists including Janos Starker, Roman Borys, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Paul Katz, Anthony Elliott, Paul Marleyn and Julian Armour. He has also had the privilege of playing with great chamber musicians and masters such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Mark Fewer, Jean Desmarais, Angela Hewitt and the St-Lawrence String Quartet.
Samuel has a special interest in new and unknown music and has an ease with a broad range of musical styles. He regularly performs premieres of new works and has been a guest of Toronto's New Music Festival for two years. Samuel will be premiering a new cello concerto in 2011 with Blast Strings, a Toronto-based contemporary string ensemble.
Beyond the boundaries of classical performance, Samuel is an active studio session musician and performer/arranger in a variety of music genres. He has been involved with projects that stylistically range from jazz and broadway to metal and electronica, and has worked and collaborated with artists such as Drake, Sarah Brightman and members of Barenaked Ladies and Our Lady Peace.
Samuel is also a composer and has had many works performed by ensembles across the country. He composed the score to the award-winning short film Nuit Blanche and is currently working on writing the score for the feature film Lovesick, to be released theatrically in late 2011.