Sam Bergman, Cabrillo’s Principal Viola since 2013, has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since February 2000. In addition to performing in the Minnesota viola section, he served as host and writer for the orchestra’s acclaimed Inside the Classics concert series, and in 2011-12, he helped lead The MicroCommission Project, which brought a major new symphonic work by composer Judd Greenstein to life with the help of more than 400 small donors. As a chamber musician, he regularly performs and promotes the work of living composers – in summer 2015, he played the North American premiere of Brett Dean’s trio, Night Window, as part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest. Sam has appeared as a substitute musician with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Symphony, among others. He has been a visiting faculty member at St. Olaf College, and performs and teaches regularly at New Hampshire’s Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.
Current Residence: Minneapolis MN
My primary instrument is: Viola
I was born in: Boston, MA
I started playing in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2013
Favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Clarice Assad's Dreamscapes (performed at Cabrillo 2014) wasn't the flashiest or most complex piece we played that summer, but it's the one that has stuck with me all year. Written for powerhouse violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, it was a perfect match of soloist and composer.