Samuel Gapp (*1997) is a German pianist, composer and interdisciplinary artist based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Gapp is active as a pianist in improvised and contemporary music. As a composer, he works in the field of classical contemporary music as well as improvised and jazz music.
In 2022, he received the “Francisco de Lacerda Composition Award” for his first orchestral work.
In 2019, his compositions for piano trio and string quartet were awarded with the ”Bernardo Sassetti Composition Award”. In the same year, he won the ”Young Musicians Award” with the ”Tomás Marques Quarteto” in Portugal.
Gapp has created various interdisciplinary projects, like his video exhibition “Social Distancing” (improvised music with abstract videos), the trio ”Triplo Salto Mortal” (realtime audiovisual improvising) or his most recent project ”14 Dialoge” (dialogues between solo piano and images).
As a founding member of ”Habitable Records” and being part of “CI Community Project”, he is collaborating with artists all over the world and creating an international platform that aims for exchange, equality and musical research.
Gapp is also active in an educational and social context: In 2014, he spent six months in Ecuador, where he taught music to socially disadvantaged children in the city of Guayaquil. In 2021, he performed at the Big Bang Festival in Lisbon, an european music festival for young audiences.
So far, Samuel Gapp has worked with musicians like Peter Evans, Evan Parker, Christian Lillinger, Peter Brötzmann, Michael Schiefel, Demian Cabaud, among others.
Gapp studied jazz piano with Florian Ross, Sebastian Sternal, Hendrik Soll and João Paulo Esteves da Silva at the ”Hochschule für Musik und Tanz” in Cologne, Germany and the ”Escola Superior de Música” in Lisbon, Portugal.
Currently, he is doing his master degree in classical composition at the ”Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa” with Luís Tinoco.
Photo by Vera Marmelo