Born in Hong Kong, Samuel Tsui began learning the violin at the age of 5 and continued his
studies in Canada, where he completed his ARCT diploma. He was awarded a full
scholarship to further his music education at the University of British Columbia, attaining
both his Bachelors and Masters degrees specializing in violin performance under the tutelage
of Jasper Wood. During his studies, Samuel was frequently appointed concertmaster of the
University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra and was awarded various scholarships
and performance opportunities. Past influences also accredit Akria Nagai, Lin Hui Chuang,
Tin Sun Pang, Yu Wu, Gong Qin and Sao Duk Du.
Samuel currently performs as the principal second violinist of the Vancouver Island
Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of Willingdon Church Orchestra, a member of the
Canada West Chamber Orchestra and violinist of Vancouver String Quartet and Rose
Gellert String Quartet (Resident String Quartet at Langley Community Music School). He
has also performed with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Lions Gate Sinfonia. Samuel
also served as the personnel manager and first violinist of the Vancouver Metropolitan
Orchestra in the past.
Acquiring over a decade of teaching experience, Samuel has worked with students of all ages.
He regularly coaches string sectionals for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Surrey
Youth Symphony Orchestra the Richmond Delta Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the
summer, he serves as a faculty member of the Music, Meadows and Mountains retreat in
Washington, USA. Samuel intensively prepares his students for all types of opportunities and
caters to help achieve their goals. Under his instruction, his students have achieved marks of
distinction in RCM examinations, participated in various music festivals, competed in the
CMC and Kiwanis competitions, and have successfully auditioned for placements in youth
symphonies, including the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, VSO School of Music
Youth String Ensembles, Surrey Youth Orchestra, Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, and
Lions Gate Youth Orchestra.
Samuel has become a well sought-after violinist in western Canada, where he has been
invited to perform and record for various high-profile occasions and has worked with
notable artists including Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah
Brightman, 2 Cellos and Hong Kong singer Alan Tam. He has also adjudicated
for the junior, intermediate and senior instrumental divisions of the Richmond Music School
Scholarship Competition and the String Festival of Central Valley Academy of Music.
In addition to English, Samuel is also fluent in Cantonese, Taiwanese and Mandarin.