The horn-player Mark Smith graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1986 and was awarded the RCM’s Douglas Moore Prize. After freelancing in London with the BBC, the Royal Opera House, and English National Opera and touring abroad with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he left Britain in 1998 to join Denmark’s leading chamber music ensemble, Esbjerg Ensemble. With Esbjerg Ensemble, he made many recordings for radio and CD and toured extensively, giving concerts and master-classes around the world. While living in Denmark he made regular guest appearances as Principal Horn with orchestras and ensembles across Europe and taught Horn, Natural Horn, Chamber Music and Orchestra Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. In 2004 he was appointed Principal Horn of Sinfonia ViVA and returned to the United Kingdom. He joined the chamber ensemble London Concertante in 2006, giving concerts across the length and breadth of the country, and directed the Chamber Music Course at the Dartington International Summer School.