James Austin Smith


James Austin Smith Photo credit: Matt Dine

Praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling," and “brilliant” performances (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. Mr. Smith is an artist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Talea as well as co-artistic director of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Purchase College and is co-artistic director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants in New York and San Francisco. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, Stellenbosch, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Spoleto USA; he has performed with the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Parker string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode, and Kairos labels. His debut solo recording Distance was released in early 2015 on South Africa's TwoPianists Record Label. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and Bachelors of Arts (Political Science) and Music degrees from Northwestern University. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Mendelssohn Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany and is an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW. Mr. Smith’s principal teachers are Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli, and Ray Still.