Sam Yulsman is a composer and pianist whose work spans a wide range of musical idioms. His work has been performed by ensembles and soloists including Julia den Boer, JACK Quartet, Séverine Ballon, Rage Thormbones, Ensemble Korea, Wet Ink Ensemble, Jeonghyeon Joo, Mivos Quartet, Brandon Lopez and Nina Dante, the New York New Music Ensemble, and loadbang. Recent honors and awards include a 2020 Fromm Commission, 2019 Prix Langage Musical from the Conservatoire Américain and a 2019 Copland House Cultivate Fellowship.
As a pianist he has also collaborated closely with composers as an interpreter of new works, and with improvisers in contexts where the boundaries between composed and improvised music are porous and easily traversed. Yulsman has performed and/or recorded in the United States and Europe with artists including Marcela Lucatelli, Stellan Veloce, Anaïs Maviel, Weston Olencki, Brandon Lopez, Biliana Voutchkova, Lester St. Louis, Chris Corsano, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Morris, Carla Bozulich, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Chris Pitsiokos, Cyrus McGoldrick (aka The Raskol Khan), CJ Camerieri, Art Lande, John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), Nicola Hein, Chris Heenan, and Mark Miller.