Born and raised in Italy, Samantha's exposure to music began early in life. As a young child, listening to her father playing the"Spanish Romance" on the guitar always put a big smile on her face and, according to her mother, made it easier to spoon feed her... In addition, a household library including classical music, opera and operetta, Broadway tunes, Italian and American songwriters etc., exposed her to a wide variety of genres.
While attending school, Samantha studied classical guitar with Sergio Notaro at the Centro Romano della Chitarra in Rome. Attracted by rock as a teenager, she taught herself to play electric guitar, initially generating conflicts with her quiet-loving neighbors, and eventually becoming the lead guitarist of Rouge Dada, an Italian underground band, with whom she recorded under BMG Ariola and toured extensively around the country. Samantha later studied jazz, blues and fusion with Rodolfo Maltese and Gabriele Spano, two widely renowned Italian guitarists, while at the same time re-exploring the classical guitar.
After graduating in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Rome, Italy, Samantha moved to the United States, where she's lived ever since and where she worked in marketing and public relations for several years before becoming a full time guitarist. Samantha is also an Italian voice-over talent for the corporate, technological and medical industries.
Samantha Wells' guitar playing combines unique musical sense and excellent technique. A believer of music as a profound, sacred and often intimate experience, she strives to convey the essence of a piece while at the same time focusing on clarity and beauty of sound. With a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque to Romanticism and contemporary music, at times branching out into Brazilian music, jazz, and some of her Italian favorites, Samantha is one of the most versatile figures in today's classical guitar environment.
A student of music and classical guitar of E.C.Torrente of Conservatory Cherubini in Florence, Italy, and of Joao Luiz Lopes of Brazil Guitar Duo, Samantha performs at public and private venues throughout the States. Highlights include duos with violinist Tony Finley at the Fourth Annual Spring Concert, Lincoln Center, NYC, and with flutist Sureka Amerasinghe of London Royal College at the Waldorf Astoria, in occasion of the visit of the President of Sri Lanka to New York City. She also took part in the 2012 World Premiere of Brendon Randall Meyers' "Gladwell for 100 Guitars" with the Guitar Orchestra directed by David Tanembaum.
Samantha has performed in masterclasses for Scott Tennant, Martha Masters, Laura Oltman, Jorge Caballero, Victor Villadangos, and she's a winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Symposium, Adult Division, November 2012. Representing the South Bay Guitar Society, she has performed at the 9th Annual Art Panorama organized by the Silicon Valley Art Coalition at the historical Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose, CA. She performs and has co-hosted and performed at the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition and, when in NYC, together with guitarist and friend Jon Donnel she hosts "An Evening of Guitar", an open mic geared to classical and acoustic instrumentalists, at Nirvana Lounge in midtown Manhattan.
When not performing or teaching, Samantha likes to dip into transcribing and arranging for the guitar, focusing on pieces that are meaningful to her as a musician or that she feels have been "unjustly forgotten". She has recently released her guitar arrangement of "Eternal Child", written for the piano by Chick Corea, which is now available on ITunes. Samantha is a board member of the South Bay Guitar Society and a member of the New York City Classical Guitar Society.
Sarabande BVW 995, Prelude BVW 999, Andante BVW 1003 - J.S. Bach
Selected Preludes - Manuel Ponce
Elegia; Toccata - Emanuele Cintura Torrente
Partita in E Minor; Suite - Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello
Suite Fiorentina (Suite of the Renaissance) - Vincenzo Galilei
Estudios - Fernando Sor
Estudios Sencillos; Dos Temas Popolares Cubanos - Leo Brouwer
Tears - Django Reinhardt
O que sera' - Chico Buarque
Valsa sem nome - Baden Powell
Se ela perguntar - Dilermando Reis
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charlie Mingus, arr. John McLaughlin
Somewhere over the Rainbow / If I only had a brain - Harold Arlen, arr. Tuck Andress
Milonga del Angel - Astor Piazzolla, Al Di Meola
Odeon - Ernesto Nazareth
And I love her- The Beatles
Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini, arr. Gene Bertoncini
Eternal Child - Chick Corea