Sam Desmet

Adjunct Professor of Guitar

"Curiosity is the first step towards knowledge."

  • DMA, guitar performance with cognate in music theory, Florida State University
  • MA, music education and music performance, Royal Conservatory of Ghent
  • BM, Guitar Performance, Royal Conservatory of Ghent

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Sam Desmet

Biography

Belgian guitarist Sam Desmet started earning a reputation in the late 2000s for interpreting under-explored music of the last 200 years and has performed in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan and the United States. 

Desmet enjoys performing and recording a mix of works from well-established composers with under-explored or new repertoire. After working with composers such as Leo Brouwer, Angelo Gilardino and Simone Iannarelli, Desmet decided to record a series of their studies for the guitar on his first recording Study < > Study (2009).

Desmet often branches out by collaborating with different artists and art forms such as dance, painting, architecture, animation, film and poetry. Meanwhile, he enjoys performing chamber music with artists such as flutist Nora Lee Garcia and composer/guitarist Federico Bonacossa. 

Having begun his music education in a small town where he grew up, his real connection with classical music began at the Royal Conservatory at Ghent under the guidance of his mentor Yves Storms. A year later Desmet moved to the US, continuing to explore the classical repertoire. Since, he has worked and performed in Asia, Europe and throughout the US. In 2022, several of his single recordings ranging from film music to folk song arrangements became available through streaming platforms. 

In addition to performing and recording, Desmet often releases arrangements or critical editions of music scores that are available on his website or through publishers like Production dOz and Edizioni Berben / Curzi. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Guitar performance
  • Chamber music
  • Guitar history and literature
  • Audio/video recording

Course Sampling

  • Guitar Performance
  • Guitar Chamber Music
  • Guitar Class
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Guitar Seminar
  • Guitar Literature
  • Guitar for non-majors

  • Guitar repertoire, literature and history
  • Guitar chamber music, arranging for guitar

YouTube

  • Glass, Philip. Truman Sleeps, arranged for Guitar Ensemble by Sam Desmet. Orlando: Remedici Family, 2022.
  • Desmet, Sam. Django Djingle, for Guitar Ensemble. Composed and edited by Sam Desmet. Orlando: Remedici Family, 2019.
  • Desmet, Sam. A Practical Guide for Composing and Performing Guitar-Piano Chamber Music. Ph.D. diss., FSU, 2014.
  • Carulli, Ferdinando. Solfges and Vocalises Opus 195. Edited by Sam Desmet and Gonzalo Gallardo: Production d'Oz, 2012.
  • Absil, Jean. Concerto Opus 155 Concerto Pour Guitare et Petit Orchestre. Edited by Angelo Gilardino and Sam Desmet: Berben Edizioni Musicali, 2010.
  • Desmet, Sam. Study < > Study, works by: Brouwer, Gilardino, Iannarelli, Tarrega. First String Records FSG09/01. CD. 2009