Sam Desmet



"So do you write your own music?"
- I'm a classical musician. I interpret music from a composer. A very common question after I introduce myself as a classical guitarist.

It is widely accepted that an actor doesn't interpret his own writing… So why is it not for a classical guitarist?"

"What's in the job description?"
- Getting people curious about what classical guitar music is all about.

"How do you do that?"
- I believe not necessarily the music needs to be changed, but perhaps a twenty first century approach could help to broaden the audiences of classical music. Program notes with meaningless lists of composers, pieces, teachers, prices & competitions, performers in a black & white outfit; having doubts when to clap; ...

Time for an update? I believe so! Only one thing remains: quality music

latest News
Asian Debut Concert (Taiwan) 26. Aug 2016

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Short Profile

NameDesmet, Sam
Date of Birth1981-04-23
Born inBelgium, Europe
Home LocationMiami, United States
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Dutch; Flemish,  French 
attended UniversitiesFlorida State University / Royal Conservatory Ghent (Belgium)

La Folia Duo
Dr. Sam Desmet (Classical Guitar)
Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh (Piano) 
Sam Desmet plays Leo Brouwer - Hika
24/10/08. Sam Desmet playing at the royal conservatory Belgium.
The composer (Leo Brouwer) was present at this concert.

  CD booklet,
""Listened. It's good - you have quite a musical insight. Thank you." "
(Angelo Gilardino)
REVIEW from,
""...Although this is clearly (contemporary) composed music, the sophisticated performance of Sam Desmet makes you wonder at times whether the guitarist improvises or if the score imposes this. Typically for etudes, almost all pieces are of short duration. Only the compositions of Gilardino - a renowned musicologist - and Cuban composer Leo Brouwer make an exception. Everything else is short and powerful: a must-have for those who are not too much into contemporary composed music, but are open to it. The sensitive performance of Sam Desmet convinces those who are doubtful." (translated from Dutch)"
(Rinus van der Heijden)
 CD booklet,
""Your playing is beautiful, full of sensibility, I have no important advice about your interpretation, I really love your work.""
(Simone Iannarelli)
""He has always shown an extremely opened and interested attitude, a huge motivation, a real passion for his instrument and a respectful approach to music and styles, which enabled him to progress constantly in terms of technical abilities, musicianship and interpretation. His best quality is probably his refined musical personality""
(Johan Fostier, guitarist, mentor, GFA 2001 winner)
""At a masterclass in Ghent, Belgium in October 2008 given by Maestro Leo Brouwer, Mr. Desmet played 'hika' and received nothing but praise from the Maestro. I have a strong belief in his perseverance, his organizational skills and his ability to seek out the best musical and technical solutions in his quest for beauty.""
(Yves Storms,Head of Guitar Department at Royal Conservatory Ghent)
""At his graduation recital, he has proved to possess technical mastery, but above all a poetic sensibility and a candid intellectual integrity.""
(Tom Pauwels, guitarist, Royal Conservatory Ghent, member of ICTUS Ensemble)