Percussionist Brian Smith is a versatile performer and an experienced educator. He has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, playing in some of the world’s most renowned concert halls including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie. He is a two-time winner of the second prize at the MTNA national solo percussion competition and has recorded for the Naxos label.
In addition to his role as principal percussionist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Brian performs as the timpanist with the Endless Mountain Music Festival and as a chamber music artist with the Staunton Music Festival. His strong interest in performing new works and collaborating with composers has led to the premier of several new works. Current projects include audio-visual performances that explore animated musical notation and live foley artistry.
Brian also has a strong interest in performing for young audiences, having performed for the Cincinnati Linton Chamber Music Society’s “Peanut Butter and Jam” sessions — a series of outreach concerts specializing in elementary music education for children. He also served as percussionist with the nationally touring chamber ensemble, Tales & Scales, performing hundreds of concerts for young audiences featuring a unique genre of compositions: newly commissioned, interdisciplinary works that integrate music, theatre, and movement. Brian received degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University.