Samuel Silhavy is a performing violinist for weddings, memorial services, and more. With 15 years of violin experience, a wide repertoire of songs, and the ability to improv on the fly, Samuel is the violinist for your special occasion.
Price Range: $50 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Clients can expect a unique, individualized performance. In addition, clients can expect the professional ability to improv when unforeseen circumstances arise.
As a performing violinist, Samuel seeks to take his listeners on a musical journey through contemplative melodies and massive climaxes. A playing style rooted in improv, Samuel’s repertoire consists of both classic pieces and his own original songs.
Samuel Silhavy was exposed to music at an early age, pretending he was playing along with CD's as just a toddler. Starting at age three, Samuel began taking private violin lessons using the Suzuki method. At age five, he begin performing in church both as a soloist and with groups.
Today, Samuel is pursuing a music degree at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. While in college, Samuel maintains a small music business consisting of live performances at weddings and restaurants as well as composing and recording new songs.
Additional Booking Notes
For smaller venues, I perform on my regular acoustic violin.
For larger venues where I need more power, I perform on my electric violin that has a pickup. This violin sounds identical to the traditional acoustic violin, but it has greater volume potential. Depending on sound requirements, I can either run this violin through my personal amp, or through the public address system via direct box.
Here is a list of Samuel's most popular/most requested repertoire.
-Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
-Allegro from Spring, The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
-Largo from Winter, The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
-Be Thou My Vision
-Day by Day
-Abide with Me
-Before the Throne of God Above
-How Deep the Father's Love for Us
Samuel’s Top Picks
-Partita #3 in E Major (Bach)
-Tempo di Mennuetto (Kreisler)
-Largo from New World (Dvorak, Kreisler)
-The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Debussy)
-Songs My Mother Taught Me (Dvorak)
-Schön Rosmarin (Kreisler)
-Slavonic Fantasy (Kreisler)
-Scheherazade, Chanson Arabe (Kreisler)
-Andante Cantabile (Kreisler)
Influences & Inspiration
-I first heard Joshua Bell play when I was three years old. He quickly became my violin hero, and I immediately started mimicking his expressive style. Still my favorite violinist, much of my personal playing style has developed from hours of listening to Bell.
-I first heard of Kreisler through Joshua Bell, who performs much of Kreisler's music. As I became skilled enough to play Kreisler's pieces for myself, I recognized the incredible musical mind that he had. My original compositions and my improv style have been directly influenced by Kreisler's work.
I typically play standing and from memory, so no chair or music stand needed.
For those larger venues, I will need a direct box and corresponding XLR cable to connect to the public address system.
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