Rebecca Smith (violin)
Rebecca enjoys a varied performing career of chamber music, orchestral playing, and solo/collaborative projects. She has recently graduated with an MMus Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Maciej Rakowski.
Whilst at RNCM, Rebecca was awarded the Weil prize in chamber music; other highlights include performing Steve Reich’s Different Trains in collaboration with the composer, and Brahms’s Sextet in G with Peter Cropper. Prior to this Rebecca read music at Worcester College Oxford, under the guidance of composer Prof Robert Saxton, and an instrumental scholarship which allowed her to study violin with Remus Azoitei in London.
Rebecca is passionate about chamber music and, as violinist of the Aomori Quartet, was a student at the Britten Pears International Academy of String Quartets in summer 2012. She also attended the European Chamber Music Academy in Lithuania, and has received coaching and masterclasses from eminent chamber musicians including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Christoph Richter, Johannes Meissl, Hatto Beyerle, James Boyd, and Prof Laurence Dreyfus. Rebecca has also benefitted greatly from masterclasses and lessons with Boris Kuschnir, Ivry Gitlis, and Max Baillie.
Rebecca enjoys performing contemporary music, and works regularly with the Collectives and Curiosities ensemble: a group of three composers looking to step out of the concert hall and into new and interesting spaces in collaboration with other artists. A keen orchestral musician, Rebecca has recently worked with the Orchestra of Opera North, and Sinfonia Cymru.