Emile Samama Cantor


AML Strings

unfortunately won't participate this year.

EMILE CANTOR was born 1955 in Apeldoorn (Netherlands). Already at the age of 14 he started to play the viola, fascinated by its tonal beauty. From 1973 till 1975 he took private lessons and studied at the National Conservatory of Paris as a student of Professor Serge Collot, whose culture and style of playing has influenced him most.
Mr. Cantor has held solo-viola positions with the Netherland Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam (under Szymon Goldberg and David Zinman), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Copenhagen, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (under Michel Plasson) and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.
Together with C.A.Linale, E.Piedicuta and L.Sbarcea, Emile founded the Orpheus Quartet in 1987. That was while he was a member of the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra. The quartet won first prizes in the international competitions of Rome, Munich and Osaka and is still one of the leading string quartets in Europe despite the untimely death of C.A.Linale in 2003. Together with the Belgian pianist Philippe Terseleer, Emile founded Correspondances, a cycle of concerts that intend to demonstrate the relationship between art, poetry and music.
Mr. Cantor has premiered many different works for viola solo with various ensembles and has been a member of international juries in the Concours Maurice Vieux, the Walter Witte Wettbewerb, the Max Rostal competition and the ARD competition for viola, as well as the London String Quartet competition and Jugend Musiziert for chamber music.
His work as a teacher has given him international reputation; Mr. Cantor has taught in the Trossingen and Aachen Hochschules since 1986 and has been professor for viola at the University of Mainz 1992-1999 and at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen since 1999. He is also an associated professor at the Conservatori del Liceo in Barcelona (since 2002) and Academy of Music in Ljubljana (since 2016). In addition, Emile Cantor has been a coach in the German national youth orchestra (BJO) since 1988 and teaches regularly at summer courses in Germany, Finland, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden.