Born in 1989, Sid Samberg has been composing and performing his own music since the age of six. His music first gained attention in 1999 when he played for the world-renowned violinist Ida Haendel. He has since performed in New York, Montreal, Ann Arbor, Toronto, Puerto Rico and Chicago, at such venues as the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Green Mill Contemporary Music Series, the Music Gallery of Toronto, Lilfest Music Festival, the Kinzie Loft Concerts, and the Kerrytown Concert House. He completed Oboe Peace, a commission for oboist Lauren Williams. Illusions (2006) for solo piano was premiered in Berlin (2007) by Chicago composer Frank Abbinanti. His recent projects include a setting of the first Psalm for choir and chamber ensemble, a solo trumpet work based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech (for Tage Larsen of the CSO), a single-movement piano concerto, and two piano works inspired by the writings of Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle (2014) and A Scanner Darkly (2015). Samberg has participated in soundSCAPE festival 2010 (Maccagno, Italy), The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (New England Conservatory), Music With a View 2011 (New York), and was awarded 2nd prize in the Hawai’i Institute for Contemporary Music Competition 2008.
Samberg has performed in two groundbreaking works of the twentieth century: Treatise, by Cornelius Cardew, and In C, by Terry Riley. He has also given the world premieres of Kinderscenen South Africa and Lure, both for solo piano, by Frank Abbinanti, as well as Kaikhosru Sorabji's Transcendental Etude no. 38 in 2013. Samberg has written an article for Contemporary Music Review on the composer Frederic Rzewski, titled “Rzewski as Shaman: The Search for the Source of the Power behind The People United Will Never Be Defeated!“. At the age of 15, Samberg was the youngest person ever to lecture at St. Francis College (2004) on the history of music, playing examples from the Renaissance to the Twentieth century on both piano and viola. He has also lectured on the music of the Holocaust. His teachers have included Irene Faliks and Mikhail Yanovitsky on piano, as well as Patricia Berlett and Rami Solomonow on viola. In 2016, he began studies at California Institute of the Arts, with Michael Pisaro, Nicholas Deyoe, and Vicki Ray.