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, John Corigliano and Steve Reich as well as to record works by John Zorn and Jonathan Dawe.
In 2015, Sam graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, 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, 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 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.