A North Carolina native, Samuel Sparrow began his position as Section and E-flat Clarinet with the Charlotte Symphony in 2017, and also served as Acting Principal Clarinet in their 2018/19 season.

In addition to his post in the Charlotte Symphony, Mr. Sparrow has performed with the New York Philharmonic, North Carolina and New World Symphonies, and Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He has collaborated with many of today’s leading conductors and artists, including Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, Yuja Wang, and Martin Fröst.

An active solo and chamber musician, Mr. Sparrow has given recitals throughout North Carolina and New York. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Raleigh Symphony, Garner Sinfonia, and Triangle Youth Philharmonic. Other performance highlights include a featured appearance with Sting at the Main Assembly Hall of the United Nations and the West Coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s chamber opera, Second Nature. His 2019 performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time received a rave review, noting his “particularly impressive … extended solo movement, stylized with precision.” (CVNC Arts Journal)

In addition to performing, Mr. Sparrow is an avid proponent of music education. He regularly gives coachings at local schools throughout Charlotte, NC and serves as a coach for the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras. He has also presented a masterclass at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The recipient of the Leon Russianoff Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Sparrow earned his B.M. in performance from Manhattan School of Music.

His primary teachers include Mark Nuccio, Anthony McGill, and Pascual Martinez. During his summers, he has furthered his studies at the Brevard Music Center’s Orchestral Institute and the Music Academy of the West in California, and has received short-term coaching from many leading players in the United States and abroad.



Charlotte Symphony 2020-21 Season

September 2020 – May 2021

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Opera Carolina iStream Series


Available to watch from November 6th, 2020

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As well as a flourishing concert schedule, Samuel has a thriving teaching career and is available for private functions and gigs.

Samuel enjoys collaborative efforts with other musicians and art disciplines. A versatile musician, Mr. Sparrow offers a range of experience in orchestral, chamber, and solo performance. He regularly offers clarinet instruction at local schools throughout Mecklenburg County, and is accepting private students. Mr. Sparrow is also accepting inquires regarding chamber music and other collaborative efforts for private events.

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