About

Praised for his “poetic and sensible playing”, award winning European Guitarist Dr. Sam Desmet performed in Asia, Europe and the United States, interpreting nineteenth and twentieth century repertoire.

Belgian guitarist Dr. Sam Desmet started earning a reputation in the late 2000s for performing and recording a mix of works from well-established composers with lesser-known or contemporary repertoire. Desmet often branches out by collaborating with different artists and art forms such as dance, painting, architecture, animation, film, and poetry. These partnerships have often allowed him to showcase the versatility and artistry of a classical guitarist to wider audiences.

“Your playing is beautiful, full of sensibility, I really love your work.”

Simone Iannarelli, Guitarist, Composer

Having begun his music education in the small town where he grew up, his true connection with classical music began at the Royal Conservatory at Ghent under the guidance of his mentor, Yves Storms and graduated with a masters in both music pedagogy and performance (highest distinction).

In 2010, Desmet moved to the US to pursue a Doctorate in guitar performance at Florida State University. Since, he worked and performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls and universities around Asia, Europe, and throughout the US.

Listened. It’s good – you have quite the musical insight. Thank you”

— Angelo Gilardino, Musicologist, Composer

Dr. Desmet always had a deep fascination for chamber music, and in recent years collaborated with distinguished artists such as flutist Nora Lee García and composer/guitarist Federico Bonacossa. 

Desmet recorded a series of guitar ‘etudes’ on his album “Study < > Study”, which received high praise from featured composers and colleague musicians Leo Brouwer, Angelo Gilardino, Simone Iannarelli and Luis Zea. This recording along with his recent ongoing releases, ranging from film music to folk song arrangements, are now available on all streaming platforms.

“You are right in that many etudes can be beautiful music to include in one’s concert repertoire. You are a very musical player, te felicito!” — Luis Zea, Guitarist

In addition to performing and recording, Desmet often publishes original works, arrangements and critical editions of music scores available on his website.

He assisted, reviewed and proofread Concerto pour Guitare et Petit Orchestre opus 155 by Belgian composer Jean Absil which was published in 2009 under Italian label Berben upon request of musicologist Angelo Gilardino.

Together with Dr. Gonzalo Gallardo, Mr. Desmet translated and published Solfėges and Vocalises Op. 195 by Ferdinando Carulli based on manuscripts of 1822-6. It may still be the only tutor intended for guitarists to read, sing and play two lines of music simultaneously. The edition is published in 2012 by the Canadian label Production d’Oz.

Dr. Desmet has over 20 years of teaching experience in academies, conservatories, colleges, universities and at his private studio In Orlando, Florida. Several of his students won competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall. He is often asked as a judicator and lecturer for international music festivals and competitions.