Samuel Andreyev

(b. 1981, Kincardine, Ontario).

Canadian composer, now resident in France, of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America; he is also active as an oboist and poet.

Mr. Andreyev studied violin privately in Kincardine as a child, as well as cello, music theory and oboe at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1999–2003, then studied analysis with Vincent Decleire and composition with Allain Gaussin at the Conservatoire Louis Kervoërn of the Espace François-Mauriac in Sevran from 2004–06. He studied analysis with Claude Ledoux, composition with Frédéric Durieux and electronic music with Yann Geslin, Yan Maresz and Tom Mays at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 2006–11, where he earned a prix d'analyse and his master's degree in composition.

Among his honours are Premier Prix in the competition Henri Dutilleux (2012) and a residency at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid (2012–13).

As an oboist, he has primarily performed his own music, as well as other contemporary works.

As a poet, he founded the Expert Press in Toronto in 1998, which published works by numerous artists and poets from Canada, and served as its director from 1998–2003. His books of poetry are Sotas Ery (1998, Expert Press), Nine Humorous Poems (2001, Expert Press), Thoughts of Marv Sandeye (2002, Expert Press), Nineteen Poems (2003, LyricalMyrical Press), Sevara Distance (2005, Trepex), Evidence (2009, Quattro Books), and The Relativistic Empire (2015, BookThug).

He has taught as a professor of analysis and harmony at the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center since 2018.

He has lived in France since 2004.

In addition to the works listed below, he has composed more than 150 popular songs.


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Événements quotidiens, small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass), 2011

The Flash of the Instant, large orchestra (12 winds, 11 brass, harp, electronic keyboard, 3 percussion, strings), 2014–17

Trois Pierres à ne pas jeter (concerto), violin, small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, harp, guitar, 2 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass), 2018


Le Malheur adoucit les pierres, bass flute, English horn, bassoon, 2002

Locus Solus, oboe, 2003, revised 2005

PLP, lupophone (modified heckelphone by Guntram Wolf), 2 pianos, 2003 (also version as PHP, heckelphone, 2 pianos, 2011)

Music with No Edges, clarinet (+ A-flat piccolo clarinet), viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2004

Nombres imaginaires, flute, 2004

Passages, clarinet, 2005

Moving, piccolo oboe, viola, piano, 2005–06, revised 2015

Micrographia, tenor saxophone, 2006, revised 2010

Stopping, 2 vibraphones (1st + triangle, crotales, 2nd + glockenspiel), 2006

Nets Move Slowly, Yet, bass flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2006–07, revised 2018

La Pendule de profil, basset horn, bassoon, viola, cello, double bass, 2007–09

Flex I–III, violin, piano, 2006–10

Night Division, alto flute, English horn, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), trombone, double bass, piano, percussion, 2008–10

Cinq Pièces, flute (+ alto flute, bass flute), percussion, 2010

Vérifications, piccolo, piccolo oboe, A-flat piccolo clarinet, cello, synthesizer, percussion, 2012

Midnight Audition, viola, 2013

À propos du concert de la semaine dernière, piano, ensemble (flute [+ piccolo], E-flat clarinet, harp, violin, viola, cello, percussion), 2013–15

Strasbourg Quartet, flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), E-flat clarinet (+ bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet), cello, percussion, 2014–15

Bern Trio, oboe d'amore, harp, viola, 2015

Lighting Up, double bass, 2016

Sextet in Two Parts, bass flute, basset horn, French horn, cello, piano, percussion, 2019


Iridescent Notation (text by Tom Raworth), high soprano, flute, oboe, E-flat clarinet (+ A-flat piccolo clarinet, bass clarinet), 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano (+ synthesizer), percussion, 2012–13, revised 2016–17


Piano Pieces I–IV, 2011–16