Richard Smith was born in 1977 and began learning the violin and piano at the age of five. He was a pupil at Sponne School in Towcester, and a 6th Form Music Scholar at Wellingborough School. He was most fortunate to grow up within the auspices of Northamptonshire's excellent youth music system, where his teachers were Roy Brooks, Trevor Dyson, Jennifer Noll and Michael Heald, becoming leader of the County Youth Orchestra in 1994. After gaining a first class honours degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tuition of Phillipe Graffin, he continued his studies with Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music as a Countess of Munster Scholar. In 2008 Richard was awarded an Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire.
Richard was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in its inaugural year, and deputy leader for the 50th anniversary production of West Side Story, on tour and at Sadlers Wells. He also fits in regular appearances with Oxford Philomusica, The Chamber Ensemble of London, Belmont Ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Auriga Strings, Southern Sinfonia and leads the Chameleon Arts Orchestra and Dionysius Ensemble. He is a member of the Guillami String Quartet, the Mezin Piano Trio and the London Trio, playing for chamber music societies around the country and private functions. Richard gives recitals and plays golf with pianist Anthony McCarthy, and is a regular featured artist for Saga, aboard the cruise ships M.S. Saga Rose and Ruby.
Richard also gives masterclasses and private tuition, teaches at Epsom College, as well as coaching the Marryat Players, the National Scouts and Guides Symphony Orchestra and at StringWorks.
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