Michael T. Samson was born in June of 1992 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his musical studies playing trumpet in school bands, followed by studying piano, theory, and composition.
Michael hopes to work in collaboration with the creative minds producing films and TV shows, but in particular his passion lies with video games. He finds video games to be an incredibly powerful art form in that they demand interaction from the player in order to be experienced fully, and the prospect of writing music that is similarly interactive is very thrilling.
Until then, he will continue to study diligently and work to improve his craft.
Michael T. Samson graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, with an emphasis in piano performance. He has studied composition with Dana Wilson, Jorge Grossmann, and Sally Lamb McCune; conducting with Jeffrey Meyer, Jonathan Pasternack, and Patrick Valentino; and piano with Phiroze Mehta, Mimi Solomon, and Anne Cunningham Russell.
While at Ithaca, Michael manifested his passion for video game music by founding, directing, conducting, and arranging music for the Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra, a student-run ensemble devoted to performing music from video games.