Victoria Samek is a critically acclaimed international artist and a highly respected teacher. She teaches and lectures and after three years of intensive writing and research, has just completed a major method for practice and performance. Informed by science and build on a life-time of performance and teaching, OPC is a unique approach and holistic method which will be formally launched later in 2019. Victoria 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.
In 2018 she gave the world premiere performances of three major concertos: Malcolm Arnold Concerto No.2, Stamford Concerto, both newly transcribed for clarinet and concert-band by Stephen Roberts who also wrote her an original Saxophone Concerto – Hero Twins, featuring soprano and alto saxophone. All three concertos will be recorded for Clarinet & Saxophone Classics after which they will be published through her publication. 2019 will also see the culmination of a four year project. Orfeo IV by Thea Musgrave, originally for flute and pre-recorded digital effects was transcribed by the composer specially for Victoria. Using live Eb clarinet with a newly realised pre-recording of Bb and bass clarinet using state of the art technology and digitally enhanced effects. Following the premiere recording, also planned for 2019, both the full version of Orfeo IV and the digitally enhanced pre-recording to be played with a live player will be available to buy.
Victoria is a D’Addario Performing Artist and an official endorsee for Selmer Paris.