CO-FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Sam Hyken has had a rich and diverse musical career, which has spanned the globe. Residing in Miami, Florida, he is in constant demand as a performer, producer, arranger, and composer.
As a composer, Sam’s music has been commissioned by several symphony orchestras, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Other ensembles who have performed Sam’s work include the San Francisco Symphony, the Miami Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar of Venezuela.
As a musical arranger and director, Sam has been contracted by various artists, producers, and ensembles to adapt and write new music for, including Talib Kweli, Pitbull, Bilal, Dirty Vegas, Tiara Thomas, Rico Love, Brika, Raquel Sofia, Leroy Sanchez, Jim Jonsin, Steven A. Clark, Spam All-Stars, Res, Afrobeta, jazz artist Carmen Lundy, Jessie Murphy (of the Brazilian Girls), Glen Matlock (of the Sex Pistols), and the eclectic group ProjectTrio. He has also been commissioned by the Kansas City based group Quixotic Fusion to write and arrange music for their debut performance of "Symphonic Quixotic”. Sam has served as music director for The White Party 2014, events for Ferrari and FIFA, Art Basel at the W Hotel, and New Years Eve at the Setai Hotel. Sam was also musical director and arranger for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's 1000th Random Act of Culture, featuring over 200 performers of multiple genres and mediums.
Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, a post-graduate diploma with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Master's degree from the University of Miami.
JACOMO RAFEL BAIROS
CO-FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Described as a “genuine talent” (Atlanta Constitution Journal) and having a “splendid sense of musicality”, (Knoxville Mercury) Portuguese-American Jacomo Bairos has been sought after for his energetic leadership and dynamic artistry.
Annually in demand by some of America’s finest orchestras and ensembles, Bairos’ has earned a reputation for versatility, superb musicianship and “creativity ingenuity” (Miami Herald). Bairos is currently the Amarillo Symphony’s 17th Music Director and Conductor, as well as Co-founder and Artistic Director for Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble. Through his critically acclaimed performances and imaginative programing, as well as his dedication to young musicians and living composers, Bairos has fostered artistic growth, positivity community impact, as well as a collaborative spirit for the presentation of compelling art at the highest levels.
In 2016/17 Bairos debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to the National, Atlanta, Houston and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras. Previous season highlights include the St. Louis, San Diego, Iceland, Knoxville, Sarasota, Singapore, Jacksonville, Charlotte, and Leipzig Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bairos closely collaborates with some of today’s most ground-breaking and eclectic, genre-bending composers and artists such as Academy Award Winning guitarist-composer Bryce Dessner, singer-songwriter-violinist Kishi Bashi, neo-funk soul-singer Bilal, and the classical cross-over group Project Trio. Bairos also regularly works with multi-platinum selling singer-song-writer, Ben Folds. Further collaborations include MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Jeremy Denk, as well as famed American pianists’ Garrick Ohlsson, and Anne-Marie McDermott.
Bairos has also crafted interactive programs and concerts for orchestras, including SymphonyKids, Nu Deco’s Imagination Series with Sam Hyken, and Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up that have enriched the lives of children across United States and abroad. His musical mentors included esteemed teacher of conductors Gustav Meier, as well as Robert Spano and the Kurt Masur. Jacomo is a graduate of the famed conducting programs of both the Peabody Institute and Aspen Music Festival. Bairos also received his Bachelors of Music from The Juilliard School.
DANIEL K. BALTZEGAR
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Daniel has lived in Miami-Dade for over 23 years and is currently Vice President for Oracle Elevator Company, a start-up he built into a building services market leader in South Florida. He is a visionary executive with solid experience in managing all levels of business including sales and marketing, project management, and operations management.