“…the sincerity of Smart’s singing line is cause for celebration, and the recital is quite outstanding in its unique sequence and profile of a superb young player.”
Andrew Parker, International Record Review
Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vasily Petrenko. In the same year he went on to become the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition and now enjoys critical acclaim for his lyrical and accomplished interpretations.
Callum has worked with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, with re-invitations last season from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. In 2013 he made his North American debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Grant Llewellyn; other concerto appearances have seen him perform with orchestras including the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Orpheus Sinfonia and Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, in repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Glazunov, Britten, Prokofiev and Korngold.
Now with two recital discs to his name, 2016 saw the release of Callum’s second disc on the Orchid Classics label with pianist Richard Uttley. ‘La Voix’ – including works by Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel – featured as one of the Strad Magazine’s recommended recordings of the month, and was accorded 4 star reviews both in the BBC Music Magazine and the Observer.
Performing in recitals at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Callum’s partnership with Richard Uttley continues this season with recitals across the UK; they are also joined by horn player Ben Goldscheider for a series of trio concerts. Other recital performances have seen Callum appear at a number of European festivals including the Cheltenham Festival, Dvořák Festival in Prague, Menuhin Festival, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and the Malmö International String Festival.
Having returned to the UK following his Premier Young Artist scholarship at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana where he studied with Mauricio Fuks, Smart is now based in Manchester taking up a place on the International Artist Diploma post-graduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music. He previously attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Chetham’s School of Music.
Callum plays on a c.1730-35 violin by Carlo Bergonzi.