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Hailed by New York Newsday for his “extraordinary musicianship” American cellist Brinton Averil Smith has performed at leading venues and music festivals throughout the world, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with orchestras throughout the United States Mr. Smith’s recent recording of Fauré’s Piano Trio and Après un Rêve with Gil Shaham for Shaham's Canary Classics label was chosen as one of BBC Music magazine’s best albums of the year. His recording of Miklos Rozsa’s Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Koch received widespread international critical acclaim. Gramophone praised Smith as a “hugely eloquent, impassioned soloist,” and continued, “The sheer bravura of Smith’s reading is infectious.”
Prior to joining the Houston Symphony as principal cellist in 2005, Smith was a member of the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Smith is also a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. A prize winner at the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, his performances have been broadcast throughout the world including, in the US, on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Performance Today. The son of a mathematician and a pianist, Mr. Smith was admitted part-time to Arizona State University at age 10 and completed a B.A. in mathematics at age 17. At the University of Southern California, he worked as a teaching assistant in mathematics and completed work for an M.A. in mathematics at age 19 while continuing his music studies. He then went to study with Zara Nelsova at The Juilliard School, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann. Mr. Smith lives in Houston with his wife, the pianist Evelyn Chen, and their daughter Calista.