Sam Suggs


An omnivorous musician, Sam Suggs was recently named New Artist of the Month by Musical America, joined the Concert Artist Guild roster as a soloist and New Music/New Places Fellow, and earned First Prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition performing many of his own compositions.

As a collaborative bassist, he has performed at Mostly Music, Chamber Music Northwest, Yellow Barn, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, his contemporary/jazz trio Triplepoint has toured in West Africa and Northern Europe, and his band Foundry was named a Laureate Winner in the Open Division of the inaugural M-Prize Competition.

Suggs served as principal bass of the inaugural Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Academy for Historical Performance and earned honors in music theory and cognition from Northwestern University while working as the youngest principal bass of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Additionally, his chamber music arrangements have been performed by Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center, Mostly Music (NJ), the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, and Mistral Music (Boston).

Currently Assistant Professor of Bass at James Madison University, Suggs received the Dean’s Prize and Presser Foundation Award during his doctoral studies at Yale University and, among many incredible mentors, he has worked with Don Palma and Peter Lloyd.

Robert Peterson 2014