Firmly established as one of America’s outstanding flutists, Joshua Smith is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He was appointed the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal flute at age 20, joining the ensemble in 1990, and appears regularly as a soloist with the orchestra. In September 2014, he was featured with the orchestra on tour in Europe, playing Jorg Widmann’s flute concerto, commissioned by the orchestra and written for Smith, premiered the work in May 2011.
Mr. Smith’s recordings include Grammy-nominated Telarc recording, Air, as well as two discs with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour of the sonatas of J.S. Bach, a Live from the Marlboro Music Festival recording, and 100 Cleveland Orchestra recordings.
Intrigued by exploring new ways of connecting with audiences, Smith leads the innovative chamber group Ensemble HD which performs in concert halls and nontraditional venues. Ensemble HD released its first double vinyl album in May 2013, Live at the Happy Dog, recorded at The Happy Dog, a tavern in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Smith was invited to speak to the National Endowment for the Arts Council about the community engagement efforts spearheaded by Ensemble HD.
Mr. Smith appears as a chamber musician throughout the United States, including recent and ongoing appearances with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals, and with the Israeli Chamber Project. He has also performed in collaborative concerts with the Pensacola Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Mr. Smith serves on the flute faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is a Powell Artist and performs most often on a new grenadilla Powell and on an old Rudall Carte. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he worked closely with renowned pedagogue Frank Bowen before attending Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner.