Samuel Payne was born in Sydney and began learning the cello at the age of eight. He attended Sydney Grammar School on a music scholarship and in
2008, he received a Licentiate Diploma in Music with Distinction. In 2013, Samuel completed a Bachelor of Music, studying with Susan Blake and Julian Smiles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In the same year he spent a semester on exchange in Germany, studying at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen with Alexander Baillie. Samuel is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying with Howard Penny.
Samuel has participated in masterclasses with Gautier Capuçon, Torleif Thedéen, Peter Bruns, Tim Hugh, Louise Hopkins, and Marko Ylönen as well as chamber music classes with the Borodin String Quartet, Australian String Quartet, Goldner String Quartet and the ATOS Trio.
A keen orchestral musician, Samuel has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra. He has been a regular participant at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, and has toured internationally with the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra to Germany, the United States, and New Caledonia.