Daniel Smith

  • AmusA (distinction)
  • BMus (Perf) Queensland Conservatorium 2014
  • Australian National Academy of Music Graduate
  • Founding Member: Partridge String Quartet

Daniel is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, and most recently ANAM (The Australian National Academy of Music)
Throughout his Bachelors degree, he led many of the Conservatorium Orchestras, performed as a soloist and had a myriad of chamber music experiences inside, and outside the Conservatorium; also being a member of QYO and AYO (Queensland, and Australian Youth Orchestras), receiving the AYO’s Peter Weiss cello Scholarship in 2012, and being selected as co-principal cellist for the AYO’s 2013 International tour, playing alongside violin virtuoso Joshua Bell.
Since graduating from ANAM having studied under acclaimed cellist Howard Penny, Daniel remains based in Melbourne, but his freelancing lifestyle results in a lot of travel. Daniel plays regularly with MSO and OV (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria) as well as QSO (Queensland), TSO (Tasmania), and Camerata of St John’s Chamber Orchestra. He has played at festivals all around Australia, from the Canberra International Music Festival to the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the Huntington Estate Music Festival to the Darwin Music Festival. Daniel has participated in masterclasses with some of the world’s leading cellists including Nicolas Alstaedt, Li-Wei Qin, Julian Smiles (Goldner String Quartet) Alban Gerhardt, Timo-Veikko Valve, as well as members of the Doric String Quartet, Borodin String Quartet and many others.
Daniel has also played alongside contemporary giants Ensemble Modern, and the Ellision Ensemble. In June 2019 Daniel was contracted to play Beethoven's Triple concerto with his ensemble the ‘Tasman Trio’ with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel’s true passion is Chamber music, in his second year at ANAM he was a founding member of the ‘Partridge String Quartet’ grand prize winners of the 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition and the ANAM chamber music competition (2018)
having won the Musica Viva Prize the previous year (2017) They were also the only Australian Quartet selected to participate in the 2018 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity program ‘EQ’ (Evolution of the String Quartet) the first incarnation of this new program specific to string Quartets, which resulted in them getting tutored by the Parker, JACK, and Eybler String Quartets, that gave the ‘Partridges’ (as they were coined), invaluable insight and inspiration to last a lifetime. They were recipients of the ‘Husky Energy Award’ which assisted in their participation.
Additionally Daniel teaches privately at his home in St Kilda, and through the MSO’s Pizzicato Effect, a cultural regeneration outreach program giving access to classical music education to those who may not be able to access it otherwise.
Daniel has a current Working With Children Check.

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Preston, VIC
0437 822 044


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Details last updated on September 10, 2019