"...the sincerity of Smart's singing line is cause for celebration, and the recital is quite outstanding in its unique sequence and profile of a superb young player"
Andrew Parker, International Record Review
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Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition and becoming the top European prize-winner in the Menuhin Competition. He has since appeared with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Calgary Philharmonic, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductors such as Grant Llewellyn and Vasily Petrenko. Recital and chamber performances include the Dvorak Festival in Prague, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Cheltenham Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. He regularly collaborates with pianist Richard Uttley and they have formed a trio with horn player Ben Goldscheider: The Ashwell Trio.
Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vasily Petrenko. In the same year he went on to become the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition and now enjoys critical acclaim for his lyrical and accomplished interpretations.
Smart has worked with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, with re-invitations from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. Last season he made his debut with BBC Philharmonic performing Berg’s Violin Concerto and this season sees him return to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as continuing his relationship with the Royal Northern College of Music where he performs Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra.
In 2013 he made his North American debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Grant Llewellyn and other concerto appearances have seen him perform with orchestras including the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Orpheus Sinfonia and Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, in repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Glazunov, Britten, Elgar, Prokofiev and Korngold.
Performing in recitals at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Smart’s partnership with Richard Uttley continues this season with recitals across the UK; they are also joined by horn player Ben Goldscheider for a series of concerts with their recently formed trio, The Ashwell Trio. Last season saw Smart work with composer George Benjamin performing his Three Pieces for solo violin in both London and Manchester. Other recital performances have seen Smart appear at a number of European festivals including the Cheltenham Festival, Dvořák Festival in Prague, Menuhin Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Malmö International String Festival.
Now with two recital discs to his name, 2016 saw the release of Smart’s second disc on the Orchid Classics label with pianist Richard Uttley. ‘La Voix’ – including works by Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel – featured as one of the Strad Magazine’s recommended recordings of the month, and was accorded 4 star reviews both in the BBC Music Magazine and the Observer.
Having returned to the UK following his Premier Young Artist scholarship at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana where he studied with Mauricio Fuks, Smart took up a place on the International Artist Diploma post-graduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Ana Chumachenco and Noah Bendix-Balgley and has recently received a Senior Award from the Hattori Foundation. He previously attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Chetham’s School of Music with Maciej Rakowski.
Smart plays on a c.1730-35 violin by Carlo Bergonzi.