Artist Statement

Michael Samis, Cellist

What I strive to achieve with my tone is a sincere singing and vocal quality...I believe that this is so important to communicate the true meaning and essence of the music.

~Michael Samis

I strongly feel that the expressive singing voice of the cello contains the power to move human thoughts and emotions in a way that words cannot; I believe the power of music to be truly transcendent and maybe even healing at times. 

I've been volunteering and playing for patients at Alive Hospice for many years. Prior to that I played at University Hospitals Cleveland. Patients' and families' responses have been so powerful. Some have written letters to me and to newspapers on occasion.

At times, when I struggle with the challenges of the classical music world, playing for those at the Hospice always reminds me of the importance of why I play music, and specifically, the cello.

My grandmother, Sabina Warshawska Rosenzweig, had an amazing singing voice. As a child in Poland, her parents wanted to send her to music school to develop it; but the Holocaust happened, and she was sent to Auschwitz instead. 

I dedicate my volunteer service to the memory of my grandmother, with hopes that her unrealized legacy as a singer might live on through this act. She survived the Holocaust, married, raised a daughter, worked as a seamstress, and died in Philadelphia in 1991.

I believe that the language of music can reverberate and communicate between the healthy and sick, the living and dying, the rich and poor, and between enemies and friends. The cello is closest to the human voice, which can touch and stir the human heart like nothing else. When I play solo Bach on the cello for a patient with AIDS, for example, I hope to continue my grandmother's legacy...developing the voice she was never able to...in order to help the patient in a way that medicine or words could not.  

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"When Michael Samis began to play, the powerful melody of the Kol Nidre permeated the entire patient floor. Doctors, nurses, patients, and visitors all became silent."

~Letter to the Editor, Cleveland Jewish News, from Trudy Wiesenberger of Shaker Heights, OH


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