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Joshua Smith, flute/piccolo


Grammy-nominated flutist Joshua Smith captivates audiences with his “superlative control” and “breathtaking sensitivity. Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “undoubtedly one of the most scrupulously artistic and versatile flutists in our midst”, Smith came to national attention at the age of 20 when he was appointed principal flute of The Cleveland Orchestra and welcomed by the press as a “flute phenomenon.” Today, he is equally at home as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator.

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Be sure to hear all of Joshua Smith’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Saturday, August 3, 5:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
All J.S. Bach

Sunday, August 4, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Monday, August 5, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Grammy-nominated flutist Joshua Smith captivates audiences with his “superlative control” and “breathtaking sensitivity. Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “undoubtedly one of the most scrupulously artistic and versatile flutists in our midst”, Smith came to national attention at the age of 20 when he was appointed principal flute of The Cleveland Orchestra and welcomed by the press as a “flute phenomenon.” Today, he is equally at home as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator.

Mr. Smith has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions, performing works ranging from Bach to Takemitsu, including the concertos of Mozart, Penderecki, and Nielsen. In May 2011, Smith was the featured soloist for the world-premiere performance of Jörg Widmann’s flute concerto, Flute en Suite for flute and orchestral groups, commissioned by the orchestra and written exclusively for him.

Smith received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music performance in 2010 for And Then I Knew ’Twas Wind from his Telarc recording, Air, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and violist Cynthia Phelps featuring music by Takemitsu and Debussy. Following up on the success of his first Bach disc, his second disc of Bach Sonatas with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour was called simply “superb” by The New Yorker. Smith’s latest recording, Live From The Marlboro Music Festival with Smith performing Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro with fellow Marlboro musicians, was selected by WQXR as the “Album of the Week.” This season Smith will return to perform at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Smith can be heard on over 100 Cleveland Orchestra recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon, London/Decca, Nonesuch, and Teldec labels, including featured performances in Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, on the Deutsche Grammophon label, which the Cleveland Plain Dealer praised as “luminous” and “exquisite.” Several of Mr. Smith’s live recordings are available for download from www.powellflutes.com.

Joshua Smith is dedicated to performing chamber music, and appears regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. This past summer he toured Israel as a guest artist with the Israeli Chamber Project, and has toured with Musicians of Marlboro. Smith also made appearances with the Marlboro Music Festival, where he is in residence during the summers, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Pensacola Chamber Music Festival and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Fest. He has collaborated with such eminent artists as the Miami and the Guarneri Quartets, members of the Brentano Quartet, soprano Lucy Shelton, violinist Soovin Kim, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Gilbert Kalish, Kathryn Brown, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jonathan Biss and Christina Dahl.

Serving as guest curator of music for the Cleveland Museum of Art, Smith created a series of chamber music concerts that were presented in the galleries of the museum’s special exhibit, “Monet in Normandy.” He has performed in collaborative concerts with the Pensacola Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Recent recital projects include a program devoted to the Telemann fantasies for solo flute paired with Shakespeare sonnets in collaboration with Cleveland actor Laura Perrotta.

Smith, who is intrigued with exploring new venues for classical music, leads the innovative chamber group Ensemble HD, comprised of Cleveland Orchestra members and special guests. The group performs in concert halls as well as nontraditional venues, including bars, parks, festivals and schools around the region. Smith and Ensemble HD were recently featured on National Public Radio and are planning to record their first recording this year.

In great demand as a teacher, Mr. Smith serves as head of the flute department of the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a faculty member and head of woodwinds at Kent/Blossom Music’s professional training program. He is frequently invited to present master classes and workshops at conservatories, flute associations, and major universities around the world, including the Paris Conservatory, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, and other leading institutions in New York, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and Hong Kong.

He has served as a faculty member of the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland and Domaine Forget Summer Festival in Québec, as well as a guest artist and coach for the New World Symphony in Florida and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley, California. He is a “Master” in the Powell Academy pilot program established by Powell Flutes that offers flutists the opportunity to study privately with masters of the flute.

Joshua Smith is a Powell Artist, and performs on a Powell flute, often with a Folkers and Powell wooden headjoint. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Smith worked closely with renowned pedagogue Frank Bowen before attending Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner.