Violinist Emily Daggett Smith won first place in the Juilliard concerto competition and made her New York concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, under the direction of Emmanuel Villaume.
As an active chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed in venues around the world with such artists as Toby Appel, Andrés Diaz, Claude Frank, Joseph Kalichstein, and Eugenia Zukerman. Ms. Smith has performed at various festivals including Ravinia's Steans Institute, Banff International Masterclasses, Kneisel Hall, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. All of her performances from the Seattle Chamber Music Society have been broadcast live on Classical King FM. She has also appeared on PBS's national broadcast, Live from Lincoln Center, as well as twice on NPR's From the Top. In addition to her numerous performances as a violinist, Ms. Smith also performs as a violist. Last season she performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Stefan Jackiw and the New York Classical Players, conducted by Dongmin Kim.
Ms. Smith is the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet, an emerging New York-based ensemble. The quartet recently recorded a world-premiere album of Harold Brown's complete works for String Quartet on Albany Records to commemorate the composer's centennial. Other highlights include collaborations with Orli Shaham at (le) Poisson Rouge and recital appearances with renowned pianists Claude Frank and Hamish Milne, as well as multiple performances of Lowell Liebermann's Piano Quintet with the composer at the piano. The Quartet made its New York debut on the New School (Schneider) Concerts series, and has performed on many series, including Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, the Tri-I Noon Recital Series at Rockefeller University, Ars Vitalis at Kean University, Chamber Music Live at Queens College, Music Mondays, and the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Ms. Smith is also a founding member of the West End Trio with pianist Michael Brown and cellist Matthew Zalkind, with whom she performed Ravel's Piano Trio in Alice Tully Hall in April, 2010.
Ms. Smith has performed as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of James DePreist, Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson-Thomas. She has traveled with the orchestra to Beijing and Shanghai, as well as across the United States, performing in such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
In 2009 Ms. Smith received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. She is a recipient of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Scholarship, and as a result participated in a chamber music tour of Japan with three fellow students, as well as performing Schoenberg's Verklerte Nacht at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris in a special collaboration with the Paris Conservatoire and the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna. Her teachers have included Ronald Copes, Nick Eanet, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein.Ms. Smith plays on an 1812 Lorenzo Ventapane violin and a Vuillaume bow, generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz. Ms. Smith lives in New York City.