Sam Kogen – Piano, Guitar, Bass
Juno-nominated pianist Sam Kogen is an Honours graduate from Humber College’s Bachelor of Contemporary Music, where he studied with established and well-respected Canadian musicians such as Pat Labarbara, Robi Botos, Kirk MacDonald, and Mark Kelso. With 13 years of teaching experience, Sam has taught students of all ages, both as a clinician and a private instructor. His focus is to encourage students to play the music they love, but also to explore what might be unfamiliar styles as a way to stretch their knowledge base and their performance/composition skill level.
Sam is also active as a freelance performer, producer and composer. He performs regularly in Toronto, both as a soloist and as a member of several bands and jazz ensembles, including indie rock/modern/jazz group Midcoast; the multi-award-winning Brad Cheeseman Group; neo-soul/hip-hop artist Ashe; and a wide variety of wedding/corporate bands. Sam has released an EP, and continues to compose and produce new material for his original project, SO-GO-DO.