Hailed as "Singaporean Saxophone Extraordinaire" by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Phua 潘培铭 is a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Undergraduate) 2017. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, with a Bachelor of Music Degree with minors in Performance Coaching, Chamber Music, Improvisation and Pedagogy under the tutelage of Joonatan Rautiola. Samuel graduated with the International Baccalaureate Career Certificate (IBCC) from the School Of The Arts (SOTA), Singapore, where he studied classical music under Leslie Wong and jazz under Fabian Lim.
Samuel has performed as a soloist with Singapore's top orchestras and bands, including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonic Winds and Singapore Wind Symphony. He has performed with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in the 2020 "Classic Winds" International Saxophone and Clarinet Competition and clinched 4th place in the Asia Pacific Saxophone Competition 2019.
As a chamber musician, Samuel co-founded the Xin Saxophone Quartet and was the artistic director of the Protégé Saxophone Ensemble (2015-2017). He was on the artistic committee for the Helsinki Saxophone Orchestra (2018-2019). He has been a regular performer at the annual Singapore Saxophone Symposium since its inception in 2011.
As an educator, he was the saxophone instructor in the International School of Music in Helsinki (2018-2020) and has worked as a freelance saxophone teacher in Singapore. He organized the 1st Xin Saxophone Quartet Virtual Saxophone Camp 2020 that comprised of lectures and master classes.
During his studies in the Sibelius Academy, he took to body movement courses such as Yoga, Pilates, Alexander technique and Body Mapping. These courses are essential to musicians because musicians can easily be injured without understanding the anatomy and the limits of the body while playing intensively on a musical instrument. Looking to deepen his practice and knowledge of yoga, he underwent a 200-hour teacher training course with Yoga Mala and incorporates aspects of these somatic lessons in his teachings.
Samuel has represented Singapore at numerous international music events. He has also represented Singapore in festivals such as the World Saxophone Congress 2018 in Croatia, Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop in Wisconsin, USA, Elite Project Workshop by Jean Marie Londiex and William Street and Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (APSA) in Thailand. He was also featured in the OKTO television documentary 'Under 18' shown on the local channel.