Samuel Albert, a retired professional violinist, died March 16 of cancer in Santa Monica.He was 90. He was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for six years. During that time, he formed the John Reed Quartet, which performed frequently in L.A. During the 1930s, he worked briefly as Alfred Newman’s concertmaster at Universal Pictures before taking the second chair at MGM, where he worked for 20 years. Survivors include his daughter, a cousin and a grandson. A private memorial will be held at his daughter’s home in Brentwood on Sunday. Donations may be made to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, 6120 South Vermont, Los Angeles, 90044.