Samuel was educated at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Paris Conservatoire, winning the Premier Prix in 1987

His many other awards include first prize in both the Scheveningen International Flute Competition in Holland and the National Flute Association’s Young Artists Competition in San Diego, as well as second prize in the Jean Pierre Rampal Competition (1987).

He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Residentiel Orchestra of the Hague and the English Chamber Orchestra, with whom he recorded all the Mozart Concertos under the direction of Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

He is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Flute.