Sam has played Principal Viola with eight major orchestras across Britain and New Zealand, played at the Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls as a chamber musician, and performed as soloist in works by Walton, Mozart, Berlioz and Telemann.
He was a prize-winner at the 2014 Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris, where he conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. That led to his Russian debut with the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra in 2015. The following year he was appointed Music Director of the Orchestra of De Montfort University in Leicester, and in 2017 he made his Philharmonia conducting debut.
In 2011 he founded the Paradisal Players orchestra, with whom he gives regular concerts which have raised over £100,000 for charities.
Sam regularly takes viola and string classes at Trinity Laban, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where he has prepared orchestras for conductors including Christian Thielemann and Semyon Bychkov. He is married to the Slovenian pianist Ana Sinkovec Burstin, with whom he has two little girls.