Born in Los Angeles, violinist/violist/composer Samantha Gillogly began her musical training at age six on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Fluent in an extensive list of standard classical repertoire, from Adams to Zelenka, she is also an avid fan and performer of traditional and crossover music employing such styles as Celtic, Bluegrass, Gypsy and Scandinavian fiddle, as well as jazz and improvisation. As a soloist, she has appeared on NBC-TV's Chronicle news magazine; performed for President William and Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton; President George Herbert Walker Bush and concertized in numerous recitals, competitions and private functions locally and nationally. Since March of 2007, she has performed in chamber works throughout Massachusetts with the Chamber Music Foundation of New England. Gillogly is also the principal violist of the Boston Civic Symphony, and in 2008 joined Billboard’s chart-topping composer, Tim Janis, as a violinist in the Tim Janis Ensemble.
Previously, she held a chair in the New England Conservatory's premiere youth orchestra, the Youth Philharmonic in Boston (under the direction of Maestro Benjamin Zander), as well as their highly select chamber orchestra. She performed as a member of the chamber orchestra at Carnegie Hall on the televised version of National Public Radio's "From the Top".
A recipient of scholarships from the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, she was also designated by the Cape Symphony's concertmaster Penelope Wayne-Shapiro and Maestro Royston Nash as “one of the South Shore's five violin rising young stars." She has won contests for fiddle-style playing since the age of eight, and has performed as a two-time classical finalist in the Bacardi-Fallon Scholarship Competition, once for violin and once for viola.
An inductee into the Kids Hall of Fame for her solo violin performances, over the past 14 years her ensemble work has included the Wellesley Symphony, directed by Max Hobart; the Metrowest Symphony, directed by Peter Cokkinias; New England Conservatory's Youth Symphony, under the direction of Aaron Kula in Boston and on tour in Spain, and later as principal second violin with director Steven Karidoyanes; also NEC's Senior Baroque Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster and soloist (directed by Aldo Abreu), 1st violin in the Pioneer Valley Symphony (Paul Phillips, conductor), the Valley Light Opera Company (1st violin), the Boston Children's Chorus (2nd violin), the Auburn Choir (Concertmaster) Monson Choir (Soloist) , the Cape and Islands Youth Symphony (1st violin), the Martha's Vineyard Sinfonietta (2nd violin) and most notably as assistant principal 2nd in the Martha's Vineyard Festival Orchestra with members of the Boston Symphony, Pops, and Ballet, directed by Chris Allen.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, her teachers have included Russian National prizewinner Lilia Muchnik and Jazz violin virtuoso David Eure. Since 2004, she has been a private classical student of Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe of the Boston Symphony.
Gillogly has also been a recipient of merit scholarship awards from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/Union Plus; the Boston Civic Symphony; a two-time recipient of the Emil Haddad Jazz Award from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and the prestigious "North American World Scholarship" at Berklee College of Music, where she is a Dean’s List student of international Jazz artist Christian Howes, and is pursing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance.
When not practicing, performing, or composing, Gillogly’s off hours are spent writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and experimenting in painting, drawing and calligraphy. She is a published writer in multiple formats, and has been a contributing critic to The Green Man Review, an online arts and culture magazine. Her favorite culinary pursuit is brewing her infamous triple-espresso coffee, known to those who've dared taste it as "Viola Varnish".
Gillogly performs on a French 1860 Charles Simonin violin.