Sam Leak is a London-based Jazz pianist described by JazzFM's Helen Mayhew as 'one of the brightest stars in the Jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser, and a brilliant prospect for the future.' His eponymous album 'Aquarium' was listed in MOJO Magazine as one of the 'Top Ten International Releases of the Year, 2011.' Jamie Cullum has described his cohort as ‘the heavyweights of the British Jazz scene’ and The New York City Jazz Record described his most recent album, 'Adrift,' as "magical ...constantly evolving and engaging." Sam is currently completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge, for which he has been researching whether adults can learn absolute pitch.
At Middlesex, Sam leads the first year 'Musicianship and Theory' module, and the second year 'Performance & Musicianship' and 'Style and Theory' modules. He also teaches on several other modules, covering topics such as: music psychology, music theory, musicianship, aural skills, performance, pastiche songwriting, academic writing, and Jazz.
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