Clarinettist Ashley William Smith is one of Australia’s most in-demand young musicians. A current Churchill Fellow, Ashley has also won two of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for classical musicians: the Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship and the ABC Symphony International Young Performer Awards. Ashley is also a Buffet-Crampon Artist.
Ashley has performed as a soloist with several of Australia's major orchestras. His Melbourne premiere of the Lindberg Concerto was ranked amongst The Age’s Top 5 Classical Performances 2010.
In 2013 he made the list again for a solo recital with his duo partner, Aura Go, which also received the prestigious MRC Contemporary Masters Award for 2013.
In 2014 Ashley is Artist in Residence at the University of Western Australia and a Protégé Artist for Chamber Music Northwest USA. Other 2014 highlights include the performance of a new concerto by Lachlan Skipworth with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo recitals and concerto appearances throughout the USA and Asia.
Recent domestic engagements include the Syzygy Ensemble, the Australia Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
Ashley has also performed throughout the USA and Asia, including performances with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Beijing Modern Music Festival.
Ashley is currently Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance at the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music. He recently graduated with a Master of Music from Yale University under the tutelage of David Shifrin, where he was awarded the Thomas Nyfenger Prize.
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