Ksenia Samoilova – Middle East

I was born in a small city in central Russia. Although there were no musicians in my family, I was always interested in music, art and dance. However, it wasn’t until I was working on my Civil Engineering degree at university that I felt the calling to be a drummer.

I began studying with the great Russian drum teacher Alexander Nikitin, started to play with bands in my hometown and participated in more than a dozen different contests in Russia and nearby countries— taking first place at Drummers United 2019 in Moscow. 

Looking for a change and new challenges, I moved to Dubai at the age of 25. Being in Dubai gave me the opportunity to play with many different musicians from many different countries. I had amazing experiences like playing in the opera, playing with an all-female symphonic orchestra, playing for fashion shows and many more.

I can tell you that I was the only female drummer in Dubai when I arrived. But I was able to start my own drum school once I got here and many of my students are now girls. As the Hit Like A Girl Ambassador to the Middle East, my goal is to empower more girls and women to play drums and increase our number throughout this historic region.