Sam Beste is a musician, composer and producer from London, in demand as a pianist since his teens. At 16 he declined an offer to study at the Royal Academy of Music, instead taking up the opportunity to tour with Amy Winehouse, whom he played with until her untimely death in 2011. His career as a pianist has taken him around the globe performing in some of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals with the likes of Tom Jones and Carleen Anderson. Since 2010 Beste’s time has been predominantly devoted to his band Hejira, with whom he collectively composes, arranges, produces and performs. Hejira's debut album was co-produced by Matthew Herbert and released on Herbert's Accidental Records imprint in October 2013. In addition to Hejira, Beste has also been working extensively with Herbert on the electronic pioneer's own releases, recording and co-writing on his latest solo records One Pig and The End of Silence, and collaboratively composing the soundtrack to a film score and the iPhone game Pentapuzzle. Sam Beste is a visiting piano tutor at Goldsmith's College, London, after graduating from the institution himself in 2009 with a BA in Popular Music Studies.