Trumpeter Sam Nester was born in Brisbane, Australia and has built a diverse career as a performer and educator. Nester has performed for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival & Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Paris Opera Ballet, Wordless Music Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Festival of New Trumpet Music among others.
Nester is the Artistic Director and trumpeter of Bridge Arts Ensemble, an arts education organization that partners professional New York City based musicians with schools in upstate New York for short teaching artist residencies, reaching out to more than 60,000 students annually. In addition to Bridge Arts Ensemble, Nester is Director of Brass Bands at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s school and serves on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program. He held the position of Artistic Administrator of Community Engagement at The Juilliard School from 2013-2018, overseeing interactive education concerts, working with Morse teaching artist fellows and curating multi-disciplinary arts education performances. Additionally, he has worked as a teaching artist with the American Composer’s Orchestra and Midori & Friends.
The recipient of numerous awards, Nester has been a Fulbright Scholar, an Australian Music Foundation Award recipient, Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Award recipient, and an American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grantee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (Australia), followed by a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University. He received his Master of Music degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, graduating with the Helen Cohn award for outstanding performance in the doctoral program. His principal trumpet teachers include David Elton and Mark Gould.