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Daniel Smith

General Details

AmusA (distinction), BMus (Perf) Queensland Conservatorium 2014, Casual Musician: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Casual Musician: Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Casual Musician: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Casual Musician: Camerata of St John's Chamber Orchestra, Currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)

Tertiary Education and Musical Development:

• 2014 Graduated (BMus) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University)
• Gained an aggregate mark of 95% (3 examiners) for final 4th Year recital (complete Shostakovich Cello concerto no. 1)
• Studied with David Lale, Markus Stocker and Matthew Farrell
• Led all the Conservatorium orchestras, performed numerous recitals, was a finalist in the 2011 Vada Jeffries Prize and performed as a soloist in the 2013 Encounters Music Festival
• 2010 Principal Cello, Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Symphonists
• 2010 Attended the AYO’s Advanced Chamber Music Camp as a junior by special invitation
• 2012 Awarded the AYO’s Peter Weiss Cello Scholarship
• 2012-14 Member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, playing on the front desk for all three years and leading the section for the 2012 July season and for the 2013 International Tour.
• 2012-14 Attended the AYO’s Advanced Chamber Players Camp
• 2015-17 Cello studies with Howard Penny at ANAM (full scholarship)
• Most recent exam (2nd Year) awarded the mark of ‘Exceptional’ by examiner Wilma Smith
• Performed in masterclasses with Julian Smiles (Goldner String Quartet), Peter Morrison, Christian-Pierre La Marca (Trio Dali), Alban Gerhardt and Timo-Veikko Valve (Principal Cello, Australian Chamber Orchestra)
• Participated in the Canberra International Music Festival, working together with the New Zealand String Quartet and the Tinalley String Quartet
• Performed in the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, alongside the contemporary music specialist Elision Ensemble
• 2016 Performed in the Huntington Estate Music Festival in ensembles led by Sophie Rowell (Associate Concertmaster, MSO)
• 2017 Performed with the ACO in a joint ANAM/ACO concert at the Tarrawarra Museum of Art


Professional Engagements

• 2014 Casual player with the Camerata of St John’s, performing with them at the Darwin Music Festival
• Casual player with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2013-present, playing in all major series, as well as ballet seasons and recordings for CD release
• Casual player with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2014-present, playing in a range of concerts including the orchestra’s flagship series
• 2016-present, frequent guest member of Melbourne-based Dark-Folk band, ‘The Grand Element’
•. 2017-present, Casual player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

My approach to cello lessons is to individualise the structure of learning to that person’s interests, and I promise a fun/challenging/rewarding experience for all who come! I’m prepared to help students who are wanting to undertake the AMEB exams, or just students with a keen interest for what we all know is the most versatile instrument ever. Beginners and advanced students welcome!

These details were last updated on April 7, 2017