Samuel Gapp (*1997) is a German pianist, composer and interdisciplinary artist based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Discovering the piano and improvisation already in his childhood, he decided early to devote his future life to music.
After spending six months in Ecuador, where he taught socially deprived children in the city of Guayaquil, he decided to study music at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz” in Cologne, Germany. During his studies from 2015 until 2018, his teachers were, among others, Florian Ross, Sebastian Sternal and Hendrik Soll.
In 2018 Gapp went to Lisbon, Portugal, to continue his studies at the “Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa” with Portuguese pianist João Paulo Esteves da Silva.
In this context he composed and recorded music for piano trio and string quartet, which was awarded with the “Bernardo Sassetti Composition Award”. His first album “Trio & String Quartet” was released in November 2019 by the portuguese label “Casa Bernardo Sassetti”.
While expanding his musical network in Portugal, he joined the group “Tomás Marques Quarteto”, which was awarded with the “Young Musicians Award” in the same year.
Artistic projects, in which he combines music with other types of art, are becoming more and more relevant in Gapp’s creative work. In 2020, his video installation „Social Distancing“, showing an combination of free improvisation with video art, was exposed at the contemporary art gallery “Zaratan“ in Lisbon.
So far, Samuel Gapp has worked with musicians like Peter Evans (album „Standards“, More Is More Records 2020), Evan Parker, Christian Lillinger, Peter Brötzmann, Nelson Cascais, Demian Cabaud, João Mortágua, among others.
He played with various bands in Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxemburg.
Photo by Vera Marmelo