Featured Member Samuel Brandão Marques from Salreu, Portugal
Carnegie Hall: What do you look forward to this year?
Samuel: I look forward to keep evolving playing clarinet, and to have job opportunities. It would be especially good to play in a professional symphony orchestra!
Carnegie Hall: What are three things you love about music?
Samuel: I love music mostly because I can be free to express myself through it. It is also an escape from the rest of the world: when I am playing or simply listening to music, I forget everything and focus myself only on the music. The third thing I love about music is its capability of adapting to every state of mind. I mean, I can listen to music that makes me sad, and other ones help me feel happy, so it is present in every single moment of my life.
Carnegie Hall: What's the best musical advice anyone has ever given you?
Samuel: It is not only musical advice, it is for every situation, so it is totally applicable to music. The advice was to never quit from my dreams, to be strong enough and work very hard to pursue and achieve my goals.
Carnegie Hall: What are your four favorite things to eat right now?
Watch Samuel's Musical Moment of the Day.
Samuel: Now that I am living in a country other than mine, I give even more value to my country’s food! But here in the US, I love the pizza, donuts, and muffins.
Carnegie Hall: What are the three best things about your city/school?
Samuel: I think that the best thing at New York University is the huge resources we have at our disposal. They have excellent conditions, which make my life easier.
Another great aspect of NYU’s Steinhardt School is the quality of the faculty. They really have great professors.
And, finally, the city. New York is the perfect city to study music. It is a grand cultural center, it has life, and it gives me motivation to fight for success!
Carnegie Hall: What is the most important thing you have learned this past year?
Samuel: This past year I moved alone from Portugal to the United States and, as I am only 19 years old, I had to find enough strength and use all my capabilities to survive here and feel comfortable and happy. The fact that I left so many things behind to pursue my studies so far away keeps me motivated to do more and more!
Carnegie Hall: Where is your favorite place to go?
Samuel: It is definitely the beach. It reminds me of many moments from my past and keeps me calm and happy with life.
Carnegie Hall: How did you start playing music?
Samuel: I started at the age of 5, at the philharmonic band of my hometown. I was motivated by some friends who also started playing at that time. My first instrument was E-flat clarinet (because I was too young and small), and a year later I started playing the B-flat clarinet.
At first it was just for fun, it was a moment to be with my friends, but then I started to face it more seriously; music became a part of me!
Carnegie Hall: What are you currently listening to on your iPod/radio/headphones?
Samuel: I am listening pretty much to classical music, mainly Beethoven and Mahler, two of my favorite composers. But I also like other genres, such as soul music (Joss Stone).
Carnegie Hall: Do you play in any ensembles?
Samuel: In Portugal I have a trio (flute, clarinet, and piano) called Trio Densité. We started last year and we achieved success; we won 4 prizes in competitions! And we have some concerts and other projects in mind for the future. Of course, now we don’t meet regularly because I am studying here, but when I go to my country we manage some time to play together. You can watch some of our videos on YouTube and you can also check our Facebook page.