As Musical Director for such legendary artists as Michael Feinstein, Mickey Rooney, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Shirley Jones, Kay Starr and Lynda Carter, Sam Kriger combines pure technical versatility with a real grace of soul. "No one ever hires me just once," jokes Sam.
And it's true that most of Sam's professional relationships just last and last: he's been a vocal coach for Disney's Feature Animation division for 20 years (including Mel Gibson in "Pocahontas", Brandy in "Cinderella", Anika Noni Rose in "The Princess and the Frog" and Brad Garrett in "Tangled") and he has worked with DreamWorks in their Music department since their very earliest days.
Sam's highly inventive harmonic sense and style and his wide range of musical skills make him much in demand as a Musical Director, Conductor, Arranger and Pianist. His score for the critically-acclaimed feature film "Screenplay" underlines his ability to capture both mood and narrative in musical form.
He is especially fond of the Pops Concert world and his appearances as Conductor/Pianist include the Detroit, Hartford, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, Reno, San Diego, St. Louis and Syracuse symphony orchestras.
While his eclectic range of abilities make Sam a natural choice for a wide variety of musical situations, his easy-going professionalism transcends genre. He has studied with masters such as Albert Harris, Russ Garcia and Dick Grove.
Sam makes his home in Los Angeles, where he enjoys the privilege of working with some of the best musicians in the world and also enjoys the privilege of being very happily married to actress Diane Vincent.