Sam Cave is an English guitarist and composer who is establishing himself as one of the guitar’s leading exponents of new music.

Sam’s performances have taken him to some of the most exciting venues and festivals in the UK and abroad with appearances at the Turner Sims Concert Hall, The National Gallery, St John’s Smith Square, Handel and Hendrix in London (formerly Handel House), London International Guitar Festival, Exhibition Road Music Day (European Day of Music), City Showcase Festival, Leeds Leider+ Festival, SoundSCAPE festival of contemporary music in Italy, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, LSO St. Luke’s, AVGARDE concert series in Norway, the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and the Tianjin May Festival in Tianjin, China. In 2012 Sam was selected for the prestigious Park Lane Group Young Artist Series.

In the past decade Sam has performed dozens of world premieres of both solo works and, with The Octandre Ensemble, chamber pieces by some of the leading young composers of our times including George Holloway, Gabriel Prokofiev, Darren Bloom, Lisa Illean and many others. He has recorded for both ‘Another Timbre’ and ‘Metier’ record labels.

Sam studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Gary Ryan and Chris Stell with financial assistance from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He has also studied with Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Michael Zev-Gordon, Michael Finnissy, Gilbert Biberian and Craig Ogden and graduated from the University of Southampton with first class honours and the Edward Wood memorial prize in music.

As a composer Sam’s work has been performed in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Australia and the USA by some of the most exciting young ensembles and soloists working today. He is an LSO Soundhub Associate Composer for 2017-19 and his music is published by Babelscores.

Now also an educator in much demand Sam is currently a tutor in guitar at Brunel University London, he has been a guest lecturer in composition for guitar at Coventry University and a lecturer in composition and orchestration at Kingston University.

Sam plays on a ‘super-concert guitar’ by Dutch luthier Jeroen Hilhorst

‘…a very musical performer…it was Cave’s strong connection with the music which made the work accessible…the composer George Holloway describes Cave as the composer’s dream performer. I absolutely agree…’ – Therese Saba, Classical Guitar Magazine


‘…It was straight away apparent that Sam’s technical and dynamic control were of the highest order….beautifully controlled….one of the most gorgeous renditions of Capricho Arabe I’ve ever heard….during the quieter passages you could have heard a pin drop, stunning….animated and physically dynamic…’               – Southampton Classical Guitar Society


‘…Guitarist Sam Cave did an excellent job of transporting his audience to the hazy heat of a Spanish evening, particularly in the more lyrical sections where his guitar – a notoriously difficult instrument to balance against the orchestra – managed to fill the hall…’



‘…Sam Cave was great; as the controller of BBC Radio 4 would say, ‘alpha’…’  -Neal Sleat (BBC Radio 4 presenter)



‘…Innovative programming, real passion and commitment…’ – Craig Ogden



“…The gestures contain a rare degree of energy and commitment…..Sam explores his contemporary aesthetic with real ambition and concentrated purpose…” – Michael Zev Gordon


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