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, a 21st Century Chamber Orchestra in Miami.
As a composer, Sam’s music has been commissioned by several symphony orchestras, such as the New World Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Other ensembles who have performed Sam’s work include the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar of Venezuela.
In the fall of 2011, Sam began his position as Composer-in-Residence with the Miami Symphony Orchestra who premiered his work “The Beatles Guide to the Orchestra” as the opening piece for their 2011-2012 season.
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, Dirty Vegas, Tiara Thomas, Rico Love, Leroy Sanchez, Jim Jonsin, Steven A. Clark, Spam All-Stars, Res, Afrobeta, jazz artist Carmen Lundy, Jessie Murphy (of the Brazilian Girls), Glen Matlock (of the Sex Pistols), and the eclectic group ProjectTrio. He has also been commissioned by the Kansas City based group Quixotic Fusion to write and arrange music for their debut performance of "Symphonic Quixotic”. Sam has served as music director for The White Party 2014, events for Ferrari and FIFA, Art Basel at the W Hotel, New Years Eve at the Setai Hotel, as well many events of the Friends of the New World Symphony. Sam was also musical director and arranger for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's 1000th Random Act of Culture, featuring over 200 performers of multiple genres and mediums.
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. Currently he holds the position of Principal Trumpet with The Miami Symphony Orchestra. 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 has been a conductor, teacher, performer, music arranger, and scriptwriter for the Miami Music Project, which is a musical organization focusing on using music to promote social change. Sam is on faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where he teaches Pop Music Composition and Ear Training. 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 from the University of Miami.