Henry Samuels

Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed across the US, China, Europe, and Japan. Henry has performed with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Sapporo Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra.


Henry also performs chamber music frequently in the greater Cleveland area. He performs for Stars in The Classics in Cleveland, and as a member of Classical Revolution. His recent performances have included the bass obligato part to Mozart’s Per Questa Bella Mano, and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet.


Henry is also engaged in the Jewish music scene of Cleveland. He recently attended the summer music festival KlezKanada, having worked with klezmer musicians including Dan Blacksberg, Lauren Brody, and Cantor Jeff Warschauer.  He is currently a member of the Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Ensemblelead by violinist Steven Greenman, and The Workman’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra.          


Henry has many private bass students across Northeast Ohio. He is the bass teacher at many local schools such as Shaker Heights High School, The Avon School of Music, and Strongsville High School. He is also a Suzuki bass teacher and traditional bass teacher at The Music Settlement, and is working on outreach for the school in order to expand their bass department.


Henry also adapts violin and cello repertoire for the double bass. He has transcribed and performed many violin and cello works for the bass including the first two Bach Cello Suites, Paganini’s “Moses” Variations, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3.