BRINTON AVERIL SMITH
The cellist Brinton Averil Smith has performed throughout the United States and around the world as a soloist, and as a chamber and orchestral musician. His recording of Miklos Rozsa's Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra received widespread international critical acclaim, and his recent recording of chamber music of Fauré with Gil Shaham was chosen by numerous critics as one of the year's best albums. Brinton Averil Smith is the principal cellist of the Houston Symphony and was previously a member of the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth symphonies. He is also currently a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His performances have been broadcast throughout the world including, in the United States, on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Performance Today. He was admitted part-time to Arizona State University at the age of ten, studying mathematics, music and German, and completed a B.A. in Mathematics at the age of seventeen. He subsequently received his masters and doctoral degrees at the Juilliard School, studying with Zara Nelsova, and writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann.