Our Concertmaster

Samuel GraySam Gray began playing violin at the age of nine, studying privately in the studios of Patricia Cosand, Steven Moeckel, Sarah Plum, and Gary Kosloski. He is a graduate of Drake University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While earning a degree in Actuarial Science and studying for actuarial exams, Sam served as the concertmaster of the Drake Symphony Orchestra - a role that he won during the first concert cycle of his freshman year.

In the Summer of 2016, Sam moved to New York City and worked as an actuary for three years. Upon returning home from a two-week excursion to the South of France for the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival, he decided to retire from the insurance industry and pursue his life’s passion of making music.

Sam is an experienced orchestral, chamber, and solo artist who resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He performs in multiple musical organizations around NYC including the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Regina Opera Company, and Rendez-Vous Orchestra. In the Fall of 2021, Sam won the position of concertmaster at the Centre Symphony Orchestra. He also works as a producing artist, specializing in intimate, casual chamber music experiences around the city.

In addition to performing, Sam provides artistic direction at Uncommonly Studio, partnering closely with artists to bring inspiring artistic expression to Brooklyn. He is a board member and the librarian for the Greenwich Village Orchestra. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he developed a marketing program for producing artists to help them make money doing what they love.