The chamber ensemble Frisson has selected CAG Artist Sam Suggs as its first Composer-in-Residence. Sam is the bassist with Frisson and was named CAG’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG Competition. Applauded by The Strad for his “brilliant and compelling programming,” Sam received an award for Extraordinary Creativity at the 2017 Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Competition and was named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America.

As a performer-composer, Sam is committed to connecting living music of the past and present through fearless improvisation, bold arrangements, and breathtaking compositions. Recent commissions include a bass concerto sponsored by BMI and CAG that he premiered at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City in his solo debut, a work for percussion/cello duo New Morse Code, and the compulsory piece of the 2019 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition – a competition that Sam won in 2015 performing original works for solo bass.

Frisson is led by Artistic Director and oboist Thomas Gallant (a 1983 CAG Competition winner) and Associate Director and violist Caeli Smith. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks, and expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, nonets, and a small chamber orchestra. The group includes the best and the brightest recent graduates from major music schools such as Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale, and has had an extraordinary success, with over 30 upcoming performances across the United States, at the Bermuda International Festival, and in Europe.

Congratulations Sam!