Composer Leo Samama is the chief artistic council of Tenso Network Europe. Until 2011, he was director of Tenso member Nederlands Kamerkoor, and as such, he was one of the founding members of the network.
Samama studied musicology and composition with Rudolf Escher. He taught at the Utrechts Conservatorium and the University of Utrecht, wrote music critiques for Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant, and still publishes frequently in other journals and magazines. He is the author of several books about Dutch music, among which the recently appeared ‘Diepenbrock, componist van het vocale’ (Diepenbrock, composer of vocal music, Amsterdam University Press 2012) and ‘Dutch music in the twentieth century’ (Amsterdam University Press 2006). Several series of his lectures on music and composers have appeared on cd, such as the lectures on Debussy, Schubert and others.
He was artistic coordinator of the Residentie Orkest and director of the Nederlands Kamerkoor. His music has been performed by ensembles and choirs in and outside the Netherlands. In October 2012, the Nederlands Kamerkoor premiered his work ‘De Zee’ during their jubileum concert weekend.
Leo Samama is also the photographer of most of the pictures that you will find on this site.