Queensland based composer Samuel Dickenson has been hailed as one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, praised for his “singular and imaginative spark of individuality.” During his study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Samuel achieved the Alan Lane Award (2013) for the highest achieving composition portfolio at the university. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at The University of Queensland, he has studied composition under the guidance of Josephine Jin, James Leger, Dr Gerardo Dirié and Dr Robert Davidson and received mentoring from television composer Garry Smith and Hollywood orchestrator and conductor Tim Davies (Despicable Me, The Simpsons Movie, Frozen).
Samuel’s music has been performed in several countries reaching audiences in Malaysia, Singapore and various locations throughout Europe. In 2014, Queensland Youth Orchestras appointed him Composer-in-Residence, where he wrote music for five ensembles over two years. Samuel has also been commissioned by the Arts Council of Darwin, Germany-based Würzburg Chamber Players, Melbourne-based Plexus ensemble, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and various other ensembles.
Currently, Samuel is exploring a stylistic extension of the romantic aesthetic, with an emphasis on craftsmanship. His music presents digestible, generous melodies and accessible structures.