Praised for “Virtuosity and deep musical interpretation” 2017 Florida Guitar Festival Competition Winner Samuel Hines is an award-winning guitarist from Southern California. After an arbitrary decision to teach himself classical guitar at the start of high school, Hines’ passion for music fueled his mission on the guitar.
He began his undergraduate studies at Vanguard University with Michael Nigro for his Bachelors, and then with René Izquierdo at the University of Wisconsin for his Masters. He has also performed for many of today’s greatest artists of classical guitar, including David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Celin Romero, Judicaël Perroy, Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Andrew York, Ricardo Gallen and many others.
Frequently a featured artist, recent performances include Segerstrom Hall, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the 5th Annual Guitar Festival, hosted by the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee, Los Angeles Valley College Guitar Artist Series, the 5th Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago, 2nd Annual Vanguard University Guitar Festival and the Museum of Latin American Art, (MoLAA) in Long Beach, CA.
A frequent competitor, Hines has won prizes in over 20 competitions throughout the United States as well as Canada, including winning the 2017 Florida Guitar Festival, the 2017 East Carolina University Solo Guitar Festival, the 2015 Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competition, as well as 2nd prize at the 2017 Louisville Solo Artist Guitar Competition, the 2018 Schubert Club Competition, the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival, and 3rd in the 2015 Montreal Guitar Competition. He was also twice selected for the Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2012 and 2015.
Besides performing, Hines is a devoted teacher, with a private studio, at the Academy of Performing Arts and at Maranatha Baptist University.
Here’s Samuel performing in the finals of the 2017 Festival