Sam Hyken has had a rich and diverse musical career, which has spanned the globe. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, he is in constant demand as a performer, producer, and composer. Along with Jacomo Bairos, he is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Nu Deco Ensemble, Miami's Genre-Bending Orchestra. He also serves as C.E.O of the organization.
As a composer, Sam’s music has been commissioned by several symphony orchestras and organizations, such as the New World Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, Adrienne Arsht Center, Kansas City Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Symphony, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Other ensembles that have performed Sam’s work include the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar of Venezuela. From 2011-2015, Sam was Composer-in-Residence with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
As a musical arranger and director, Sam has been contracted by various artists, producers, and ensembles to adapt and write new music for, including Talib Kweli, Ben Folds, Pitbull, Bilal, Luke James, Kishi Bashi, Emily King, Stephen Marley, Kishi Bashi, Monsieur Perine, Jacob Collier, Time for Three, Alternative Routes, Dirty Vegas, Magda Giannikou, Danay Suarez, Steven A. Clark, Brika, Tiara Thomas, Rico Love, Raquel Sofia, Leroy Sanchez, Jim Jonsin, Spam All-Stars, Res, Carmen Lundy, Jessie Murphy (of the Brazilian Girls), Glen Matlock (of the Sex Pistols), and the eclectic group ProjectTrio.
Sam has been engaged as a trumpet soloist and orchestral musician since 1999. In 2004, Sam was appointed associate principal trumpet of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, a position that he held for two years. From 2006-2009, he was a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Sam was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and the UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra for 5 years touring and performing with such esteemed conductors as James Levine, Loren Maazel, Valerie Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirakanov, Christoph Donyani, and Charles Dutoit. He has also worked and performed with many Grammy Award Winning Artists including Yo Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Belle and Sebastian, Arturo Sandoval, Jose Feliciano, and Jose Carreras. Sam has also performed with ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Canadian Brass, the American Brass Quintet, and the London Symphony Orchestra Brass.
Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, a post-graduate diploma with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Master's degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami. In 2016, Sam was awarded the title of Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.