Samuel Cutajar

Samuel Cutajar started the violin at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Antoine Frendo, with whom he obtained his Licentiate of Trinity College London.

Samuel is enrolled in his first year of a two years Masters at the Royal Academy of Music currently studying with Profs. Philippe Honore' after graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he studied with Profs. Clare Thompson. Since his commencement at the Royal Academy, Samuel has been awarded a mentorship scheme with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, a part-time position with Sinfonia Cymru (the Uk's leading under 30s professional orchestra) and been on projects with the Hastings Philharmonic and Jersey Chamber Orchestra respectively.
He was awarded an internship with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017 and has since become a regular part-timer with this same orchestra, recently going on an iconic European tour in May 2022, performing in prestigious halls such as the Muzikverein, Berliner Philharmoniker and Smetana Hall.
Samuel also studies Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy under the tuition of Profs Pavlo Beznosiuk and has performed with the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble in iconic lo
He has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2020, the orchestra that holds special memories and friendships.
Thanks to all these orchestral experiences, Samuel has worked with world class conducting figures, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Nosseda, Vasily Petrenko, Pekka Kuusisto, Edward Gardner, Marin Alsop and many many more.
Samuel has also performed as soloist with orchestras thanks to the European Foundation for Support of Culture, after his victory of the ""Brillanti Competition"". He performed Paganini's Moses Fantasy with the Kyiv Virtuosi in Chieti, Italy and the Tartini's ""Devil's Trill"" together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. He won the Vera Kantrovich Bach Competition in 2020 and has achieved special mention in various other competitions held in London.

In terms of chamber music, he has collaborated extensively with his brother Michael Cutajar, exploring the possibilities of clarinet and violin repertoire. Samuel is also a member of ""Duo Hadfar"", a violin-guitar duo with Kolja Gibbs that explores the special relationship of already existing masterpieces in this setup, but also arranges works for this iconic instrumentation.
He also participated in various masterclasses with renowned musicians including Tasmin Little, Werner Hink, Luke Hsu, Michael Vaiman, Nicolas Dautricourt, Carmine Lauri, Yuri Zhislin, Ofer Falk, Mauro Tortorelli, and Kati Sebestyén.