Victoria Samek is a critically acclaimed international artist and a highly respected teacher; she teaches and lectures using OPC, her own unique, holistic method and is also founder and director of international recording and publishing company Clarinet & Saxophone Classics, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.
Performance and recording
As a Radio 3 artist Victoria has given live and studio broadcasts including the premiere recording of a bass clarinet concerto by Thea Musgrave with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk. She has subsequently recorded Thea Musgrave’s Autumn Sonata and Clarinet Concerto under the direction of the composer. As soloist she has performed concertos with orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia.
Victoria’s recordings for her Clarinet & Saxophone Classics label include the world première recording of Copland’s Clarinet Sonata, voted ‘most sheerly seductive record of the year’ by The Sunday Times. Other recordings include two CDs devoted to Solos de Concours and premiere recordings of clarinet and saxophone chamber music by Joseph Horovitz, Rob Keeley and Richard Rodney Bennett with pianist and duo partner Michael Bell, The Samek/Brannick Duo and The Samek Players (formerly East Winds, ReedPlay and The Mühlfeld Trio). She has also recorded for other labels including Hyperion and Naxos.
2018 sees three major concerto performance and recording premieres by Malcolm Arnold Concerto No.2 and Stamford Concerto transcribed for clarinet and wind-band by Stephen Roberts who is also writing her a double saxophone concerto. In addition, the World Premiere performance and recording of Orfeo 1V by Thea Musgrave.
Victoria is a D’Addario Performing Artist and an official endorsee for Selmer Paris.