At the age of 3, Samantha Langstein began piano lessons in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA. Throughout her seven years of study under the Canadian pianist Glenda Palmer, Samantha learned how to read music, articulate rhythms, sight sing, and perform classical pieces in front of an audience. Under Glenda’s direction, Samantha earned third place in the Trinity College London Arts Festival for her performance of William Alwyn’s “The Sea is Angry.”
In her teenage years, Samantha developed an affinity for jazz and attended the Berklee Five Week Summer Program to study with JoAnne Brackeen, the only female musician to be hired by Art Blakey to perform with his long roster of Jazz Messengers. Samantha went on to attend Berklee College of Music for her Bachelor’s degree and spent three semesters at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. While in Spain, she performed at notable venues such as Bogui Jazz Club, Jimmy Glass Jazz Club, and Café Mercedes.
After graduating from Berklee in 2014, Samantha moved to New York and worked as a dance accompanist at Ballet Hispanico, Dance Adventure of Greenwich, and Peridance. In 2015, Samantha was accepted to the graduate program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music for jazz piano, where she completed a Master’s degree in 2017. At Manhattan School of Music, she had the great fortune to study with jazz masters Phil Markowitz, Garry Dial, Dave Liebman, Mark Soskin, Jay Anderson, Jeremy Manasia, and Chris Rosenberg. Throughout the program, she taught and performed at New York City public schools. Samantha continues to perform in addition to teaching piano.