Sam Hartley is a pianist, composer and tutor based in Melbourne. After commencing piano studies at the age of 5 years, Sam went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2013 where he studied piano with Professor Ian Holtham. While at university, Sam performed extensively, both as a soloist and as an accompanist for numerous choral groups in Melbourne, and during this time he was the recipient of numerous faculty, university and college awards.
Following his undergraduate studies, Sam went on to complete a graduate law degree (Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne), before working as a management consultant. Resuming full time work and study in music in 2018, Sam relocated to the United Kingdom to undertake an MPhil in Music Studies at the University of Cambridge, completing an MPhil in Music Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2019.
Since returning to Australia, he has worked full time as a performer, composer and music tutor. Active as a freelance accompanist in Melbourne, Sam has worked as a rehearsal pianist for several choral and opera organisations, including the Victorian Opera, the Box Hill Chorale, Melbourne University Choral Society, Cloud9 Women’s Choir, the Melbourne Chamber Choir, and appeared at the "Carols in the Cathedral" concerts for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic at St Paul's Cathedral in 2021.
An active composer, Sam has released several albums of original piano works, recorded at Move Records. Sam’s original compositions include contemporary classical works for piano, choir and instrumental ensembles, as well as popular songs. Sam’s recordings include Visions and Recollections, Fantasy on the Theme of Faust, Clouds of Chaos, and most recently his latest album "Autumn Reflections" has been released.
Links to the music on Spotify, Apple Music and more can be accessed from https://samhartley.hearnow.com/