Samuel Formicola received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he studied with Camilla Wicks. He continued his music education in Norway, studying with Stephan Barratt-Due for two years and earning an Artist Diploma degree at the Barratt-Dues Musikkinstitutt in Oslo. While in Norway, Sam was leader/conductor of his school’s youth chamber orchestra, and he performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Stavanger Symphony. As a member of the Oslo Philharmonic, he toured extensively throughout Europe under the direction of Mariss Jansons. He later studied at the European Mozart Academy in Kraków, Poland, performing chamber works in Kraków, Prague and Florence.
Sam has been a violist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 2000. He has also worked extensively with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has held positions with the Colorado Symphony and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia. He toured Mexico with the Orchestra of the Californias and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the San Diego and Pacific symphonies. During the summer, he performs at Festival Mosaic in San Luis Obispo.
An active chamber musician, Sam is one of the founding members of the Romauldo String Trio and co-director/co-founder of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in Calabasas, California.
He has performed chamber music with pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio, violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Scott Yoo, violist Paul Coletti, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the Capitol Ensemble, the Vista and Debussy trios, the New Hollywood and California string quartets and with pianist Jeffrey Kahane and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has also participated in the “Sundays Live” series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on several occasions.