Praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling," and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times) and his “bold, keen sound” (The New Yorker), oboist James Austin Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world. He is a member of Chamber Music Society Two, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble, Cygnus, and Decoda, and a regular guest of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, Stellenbosch, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, OK Mozart, Schwetzingen, and Spoleto USA; he has recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode, and Kairos labels. His debut solo recording, Distance, will be released in early 2015 on South Africa's TwoPianists Record Label. Mr. Smith received his master’s degree in 2008 from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany and is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute, and the New York City Department of Education. His principal teachers are Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli, and Ray Still. He is a member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase and Co-Artistic Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants around New York City.
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