Samuel Burstin graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in 2004. After graduating, he joined the Southbank Sinfonia and in 2005 became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has played principal viola with eight major orchestras in England, Scotland, Wales, and New Zealand, including: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, and New Zealand Symphony. Samuel made his professional conducing debut with the West London Sinfonia in 2009 and in 2014 was a prize winner at the prestigious Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris. He has taken viola classes and string sectionals at Trinity Laban, the Royal College of Music, and Southbank Sinfonia, and regularly coaches youth orchestras. Samuel is also the founder and principal conductor of the Paradisal Players whose concerts have raised over £100,000 for charity.