Sam Pilafian death: Legendary Tuba performer and music educator has died at age 69
By Frank Yemi
6th April 2019 6:15 PM ET
Exceptional tuba performer Sam Pilafian has died. Pic credit: Sam Pilafian/Facebook.
Acclaimed Tuba performer and music educator Sam Pilafian has died. The musical icon, who was also the professor of Tuba at Arizona State University, was reportedly 69 years old when his death was announced.
Sam Pilafian is remembered by many of his students and fans. The tuba virtuoso taught at numerous musical programs including Arizona State University, Boston University, and Tanglewood Institute.
Pilafian’s cause of death has not been revealed.
Sam started his career in the 60s and grew up in Miami, Florida. Pilafian is a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet and played at the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971.
During his musical career, he performed with Pink Floyd, the Boston Symphony, Bernadette Peters and Frank Vignola,
According to his Arizona State University biography, he recorded 15 albums as a solo jazz artist and performed Solo recital and concerto performances across Europe, Japan, and Canada.
The late tuba performer won numerous competitions during his career including the National Music Camp in Interlochen Michigan. Sam Pilafian earned fellowships Dartmouth College and the Tanglewood Music Center and was awarded the 2009 Emmy Award for best instructional/educational video.
Sam Pilafian was the Professor of Music at Arizona State University, after working for over two decades at the music faculties of Boston University.
Join our newsletter to get more celebrity stories like this
Leave a Comment
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Sponsored Ads
To learn how you can use Content.ad to drive visitors to your content or add this service to your site, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only recommend family-friendly content
Website owners select the type of content that appears in our units. However, if you would like to ensure that Content.ad always displays family-friendly content on this device, regardless of what site you are on, check the option below. Learn More