2006-07-05Daniel Smith is one of the world's most prominent bassoon soloists. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and the Mannes College of Music. Smith has recorded numerous discs, with repertoire ranging from Baroque concerti to contemporary music, including jazz with a quartet under his own leadership, ragtime, and crossover. Daniel Smith is the first bassoonist to have recorded all 37 Vivaldi bassoon concertos, in recordings made with the English Chamber Orchestra and I Solisti di Zagreb for the label ASV). Smith's Vivaldi set was selected as the Best Concerto Recording of the Year by the Music Industry Association, awarded the Penguin Guide's rosette rating, and was included in Fanfare's annual "Want List." Smith has also recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Caravaggio Ensemble. Smith is also noted for his support of the creation of new concerti for his chosen instrument. He gave the United States West Coast premiere of Gunther Schuller's Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra and the world premiere of Steve Gray's Jazz Suite for Bassoon with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra. Daniel Smith has performed solo recitals at New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Recital Hall, Wigmore Hall, the BBC Concert Hall, and the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen.- AMG
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