Robert Smith – Trumpet

Robert began playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and since has performed in some of the country’s best concert venues orchestras and ensembles such as the NYO, CBSO Youth, EUYO, Gabrieli Consort, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra with whom he had trial for the position of 3rd trumpet. He graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music where he received the Leverhulme and Elton John Scholarships providing full fees. Whilst at the Academy he was taught by the late James Watson, John Hutchins, Howard Snell, Rod Franks and, most recently, Robert Farley, Mark David and Paul Beniston.

During his time at the Academy, Robert played principal in all the major ensembles performing for musicians and conductors such as Stephen Sondheim, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Heinz Holliger and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In his third and fourth years he won the John Solomon Brass Prize and Drummond Sharp Brass Prize respectively having been commended and highly commended in previous years. He also won departmental competitions allowing him to perform the Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Trumpet Sonata in a brass concert led by Elgar Howarth and the Shostakovich Concerto for Trumpet and Piano with the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists led by Clio Gould.

Particularly memorable projects for Robert include taking part in the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival in São Paulo with a brass quartet from the Royal Academy in July 2012 and performing with Elton John in September 2013 at the London Palladium for the first ever BRITs Icon Award and at the iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse, Camden.

Robert has a great interest in chamber music having performed the world premieres of Tim Bowers’s Sinfonia Concertante and Brass Quintet and the UK premiere and recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Brass Quintet. He is a founding member of ‘Total Brass’, a young and exciting brass quintet that performs regularly around the country.