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(b 1969 )

Cellist Brinton Averil Smith has been lauded by critics for thrillingly virtuosic performances and musical ideals rooted in the golden age of string playing. Smith’s debut recording of Miklós Rózsa’s Cello Concerto and his recent live recording of the first performance of the Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto in more that 80 years both received widespread international critical acclaim.

Smith’s broadcast performances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today and SymphonyCast, while his live YouTube performances of unusual cello works and virtuosic transcriptions have been viewed more than a million times.

Smith has been the principal cellist of the Houston Symphony since 2005 and is also a faculty member of The Shepherd School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. At the age of ten, Smith began taking university courses and completed a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics at the age of 17. He studied with Zara Nelsova at The Juilliard School, where he received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees, writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann.

For more information, visit www.brintonaverilsmith.com.

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