VC Talks: an interview with Samuel Solomon, GLORY Int'l Music Competition prize winner


  • 1st Prize, GLORY Int'l Baroque Music Competition 2018
  • 2nd Prize, GLORY Int'l Romantic Music Competition 2018
  • 2nd Prize, GLORY Int'l Modern & Contemporary Classical Music Competition 2018

Samuel Solomon was born on 07-01-2009. He started learning classical guitar at the age of 7 . Currently he is student in National School of Music "Lyubomir Pipkov" in Sofia, Bulgaria in the class of Hristo Neshev.

Samuel won numerous of International Competition among which:

First place on Tremolo Guitar Festival 2018 in age group up to 9 years old and First place in group up to I I years old;
First place on "Golden classical music awards" New York, 2018, String category, up to 8 years old and was invited to play in Carnegie Hall
First place on ""Grand Prize Virtuoso"" Zsalzburg, Austria,20I7, String category, up to 8 years old and was invited to play in Mozarteum hall. He also won special prize "Exceptional Young Musician".
First place on XXII International Guitar Competition Kyustendil "Akad. Marin Goleminov"2018, I st category, up to 10 years and won special prize of Darik Radio
First place on International Pleven Guitar Fetsival 2017, up to 9 years
Third place on 4-th Zagreb Guitar Festival, Croatia, 2018, I st category up to 11 years and also won special prize- hand made guitar Alhambra
First place on IX International Music Competition 2018, Belgrade, Serbia, cat. guitar, up to 9 years included
Second place on Raising Talents of Europe

What year were you born?
In 2009.

Do you come from a musical family?
Yes, my father is a guitarist.

What was your earliest musical experience?
When I was 6 years old I had a performance in a live music club in Sofia where I performed several pieces for classical guitar.

Why did you choose to play the guitar?
When I was very young I was listening to my father playing the guitar and this was my first inspiration.

Who are your favorite composers and why?
I like baroque composers because their music is close to my soul.

Who are your musical idols?
My father and Jimmy Hendrix.

What is a perfect performer?
The perfect performer is not only technically perfect but he is also giving the audience a feeling of the music.

What music are you mostly enjoying at the moment?
Imagine Dragons.

What are the main influences in your music-making?
German Baroque.

When you are performing, what are your thoughts?
I imagine different pictures which emotionally reflect the music that I play.

Where do you study music and what are your future educational plans?
Since 2016, I have studied music in the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the class of Hristo Neshev. My future plans are to study classical guitar in Mozarteum, Salzburg, in the class of Marco Tamayo.

What are your reasons to participate in music competitions?
Music competitions give me self-confidence and experience.

When it is not music, what interests you? What is your favorite pastime?
Computer Games.

What book are you reading now?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney.

What are the happiest moments in your life?
When I got my first guitar.

What things do you not like to do?
I don’t like doing my school homework, especially language homework.

What inspires you and what makes you sad?
Playing my guitar inspires me, and what makes me sad is breaking up with a girlfriend.

What are your strengths?
I’m persistent and clever.

What is most important in life?
Family and music.

What is more important: talent or hard work?
Hard work.

If today was the last day on earth, what would you do?
I would play the guitar.

Why does the universe exist?
Because God decided so and created it.

Thank you very much for talking to us.

In this series of interviews, we explore how some of the most talented and prize winning young classical musicians became interested in music, who are their musical idols, what they are working on at present, and what they strive to achieve in the future.