Musician, Teacher 11 – 21 August 2022
Praised for his â€œvirtuosic,â€ â€œdazzling” and â€œbrilliantâ€ performances (The New York Times) and his â€œbold, keen soundâ€ (The New Yorker), oboistÂ James Austin SmithÂ performs equal parts new and old music across the UnitedÂ States and around the world. Â Mr. Smith is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble and the Poulenc Trio as well as co-Artistic Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes placeÂ in restaurants in New York and San Francisco Â He is a member of the faculties of Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music and is a member and former co-Artistic Director of Decoda, theÂ Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Smithâ€™s festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, Stellenbosch, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Spoleto USA; heÂ has performed with the St. Lawrence, Parker, Rolston and Orion string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode and Kairos labels. Â His debut solo recording “Distance” was released in early 2015 on South Africa’sÂ TwoPianists Record Label.
Mr. Smith received his Master of Music 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. Â He spent aÂ year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany at the Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdyâ€ and is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the WeillÂ Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. Â Mr. Smithâ€™s principal teachers are Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli and Ray Still. Â The son of musician parents and eldest of four boys, Mr. Smith was born in New York and raised in Connecticut.