Sam Krahn is a Minneapolis based guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. He has composed works for and performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Duo Gelland, Nu Directions Chamber Brass, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Olivia Block, George Flynn, Sarah Ritch, Benjamin Cold, Lux, Contemporary Music Workshop, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Harper College (Spring Dirge), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). Most recently, he was invited to the 2014 MATA Festival to attend a reading of fluidity as riddle by the Uusinta Ensemble.
He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying with James Dillon. In Spring 2014, he was awarded a Graduate Research fellowship. He also holds a M.Mus.in music composition from Roosevelt University where he studied with Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi, and a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance from Boston University. Sam is a classically trained and experienced guitarist. He has played in numerous rock bands, classical ensembles, improvisational groups, and as a soloist. Sam also continues to create new music with his improvisation trio, Sound Collision Alliance.