About the Author

American cellist Brinton Averil Smith has appeared throughout
the United States, including numerous performances as soloist and chamber musician at Lincoln Center in New York, performances at the Marlboro and Aspen music festivals, and solo appearances with orchestras in San Diego, Phoenix, Ft. Worth and Detroit, in addition to appearances in Europe. Africa and New Zealand. Mr. Smith's debut recording of the Miklos Rosza Cello Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was released in 1998 on Koch International.

Mr. Smith has participated in chamber music collaborations with
members of the Beaux Arts trio and of the Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland and Berg Quartets. Performances for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and, with Gil and Orli Shaham, for the Aspen music festival recital series. He is
currently the principal cellist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mr Smith has been honored with prizes in numerous competitions including the 1997 Leonard Rose International Cello Competition and the Juilliard and Aspen Music Festival concerto competitions. Overseas broadcast performances include National Public Radio in Germany and Radio South Africa.

Brinton Smith began his musical studies at age five. At the age of
ten, he was admitted to Arizona State University, where he took courses in mathematics and German and, by the age of 17, completed a BA degree in mathematics. While a scholarship student of Eleonore Schoenfeld of the University of Southern California, he was aso a teaching assistant in the mathematics department, and completed work for an MA in mathematics at age 19. He subsequently relocated to New York to study with Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School, where he received his masters of music degree in 1991.