Neil Smith


Neil is a Scottish flautist, musicologist and composer. He studied composition and flute in York and Stuttgart and is currently completing his PhD on German composer Mathias Spahlinger at the University of Nottingham.

Neil’s music has been performed by groups such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Schlagquartett Köln, Red Note Ensemble, Ensemble 10/10, and Dark Inventions; while his writings have been published in academic journals as well as Classical Music Magazine, BBC Music Magazine and new online magazine, The Cusp. He is currently working on a trio for the new Frankfurt-based group Trio Radial and a choral piece for the Thame Chamber Choir as part of Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme.

As a flautist Neil specialises in new music, recently performing Sophie Pope’s To a Crow at the MetaNast festival in Salford. In 2010 he gave the premiere of the flute version of Thomas Simaku’sFlauto Acerbo – the original having won a BASCA award in 2009.

Outside of music, Neil enjoys cricket and baked goods – interests that both border on the unhealthy.