Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sam Armstrong began his studies at age 12 with Byron Peebles and James Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2008, he continued his education as a student of Joseph Alessi at The Juilliard School, receiving the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship. While in New York, Sam had the opportunity to collaborate with composers John Adams, Elliot Carter, David Fulmer and Steve Reich as well as to record works by Jonathan Dawe and John Zorn. After graduating in 2013, Sam was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, receiving the Ruth and Morris Williams Jr. Scholarship while studying with Blair Bollinger, Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn.
Prior to joining the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Sam was appointed Co-Principal of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sam is a passionate educator, having most recently been invited as a guest artist at the first-ever Alessi Seminar Asia. He has led masterclasses in Singapore, Taiwan and China and is a faculty member at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.