German born musician Samuel T. Klemke is a versatile guitarist who is particularly interested in 20th and 21st century music, but likes the other repertoire just as much.
At the age of four, he took his first guitar lessons from his father Tobias Klemke and at ten won first prize at his first national competition. Since then, he has had great success in national competitions as both a soloist and a duo guitarist with his sister Laura.
In 1999 Klemke began studying with Monika Rost at the Franz Liszt Academy in Weimar where he received the highest possible grade in his Diploma recital. In 2003 he continued his studies with Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering and in 2008 he received his Concert Exam and in 2009 the Concert Exam for Chambermusic.
Klemke has competed in some of the most prestigious competitions around the world, including those in Alessandria, Madrid, Paris and Tokyo. He has won 25 prizes, including special honors for the interpretation of 20th century music. He has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Japan.
In 2004 he got a scholarship for 2 years to study the works by Henze and Takemitsu and organized some successful concerts with very rarely performed solo and chambermusic pieces like Henzes “Kammermusik 58”.
Klemke premiered several pieces by young composers. So far a duo CD with his sister, a solo CD and a solo single were released. He had masterclasses with many renowned guitarists like Pepe Romero, Barrueco, Russel, Tanenbaum, Desiderio and others.