Composer Samuel Zyman was born in Mexico City, Mexico. In 1992, he was a recipient of a diploma from the Mexican Society of Critics of Theater and Music. He received a Mozart Medal in 1998. His compositions have been performed in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and South America. They include two symphonies and other orchestral works, five concertos, song cycles, a guitar sonata, and chamber music. He composed the original symphonic score for the film The Other Conquest (Salvador Carrasco, director; Alvaro Domingo, producer), which was performed by Plácido Domingo and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Recordings of his music are available on the on Island, IMP Masters, and Urtext Digital Classics labels. His music is published by Theodore Presser.
Zyman received his M.D. from National Autonomous University of Mexico and his master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from Juilliard. He studied composition with Humberto Hernández Medrano, Stanley Wolfe, Roger Sessions, and David Diamond. He studied conducting with Francisco Savín and Eduardo Díaz-Muñoz and piano with María Teresa Castrillón at the National Conservatory of Mexico.
Zyman has been a faculty member since 1987 and an Evening Division faculty member since 1986.