Sam Barker

Composer & Guitarist

Sam Barker

Sam Barker is a composer, recording artist & virtuosic guitarist. Sam was born in Hampshire, England and has lived in Ireland since 1987. He studied for his BMus in CIT Cork School of Music (CSM) taking various composition electives under David Wallace, C.S.L. Parker and Seamus De Barra and orchestration under Alan Cutts. In 2011 he achieved his MA in composition in CSM under C.S.L. Parker.

His output as a composer and performer has seen great stylistic variety from his early modal folk-influenced compositions to his constructionist pieces of the last few years. 

His works have been performed nationwide by the Cork New Music Ensemble, (to which he is a regular contributor), Alex Petcu, the Diversus Guitar Ensemble and by himself as performer.

During the past few years Sam has attended masterclasses with Aniello Desiderio, Pavel Steidl, Xufei Yang, Lorenzo Micheli, William Kannengeiser, Ferenc Snetberger and lectures by John Williams.

Sam is a registered composer with the Contemporary Music Centre.


The Sam Barker Ensemble performs primarily as a trio. However after years of organising gigs Sam has come into contact with many of Irelands most talented players. Please get in touch to find out more.

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