Brian Smith is a Virginia-based percussionist and performs with the Lynchburg Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony, Opera on the James, the Jefferson Choral Society, The Oratorio Society of Virginia, and The Virginia Consort. In addition to is his work as an ensemble performer, Brian is an active recitalist who enjoys collaborating with composers to develop the burgeoning corpus of percussion literature. In 2008 he premiered Alexanra Pierce’s work for solo vibraphone “Moretti Music.”
Mr. Smith received his musical training from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He studied with Beth Raddock-Gottlieb, Keith Aleo, Jim Culley, Allen Otte, Russell Burge, and Richard Brown. He is a two-time winner of the second prize at the MTNA national solo percussion competition. He has also recorded with the CCM Wind Symphony under the Naxos label. As an orchestral percussionist, he has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and additionally in Europe with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, with whom he played in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie.
Mr. Smith has a strong interest in performing for young audiences. During 2000 and 2001, he performed for the Cincinnati Linton Chamber Music Society's "Peanut Butter and Jam" sessions -- a series of outreach concerts specializing in elementary music education for children. From 2004 to 2006 he served as percussionist with the nationally touring Chamber ensemble, Tales & Scales, performing hundreds of concerts for young audiences featuring a unique genre of compositions: newly commissioned, interdisciplinary works that integrate music, theatre, and movement.
An experienced instructor, Mr. Smith taught at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visuals Arts during the 2003-2004 academic year, and served as a Teaching Artist with T&S, working in local schools and community centers as an artist-in-residence. He is on the faculty at Randolph College where he teaches Ear Training. At Lynchburg College, he offers private percussion lessons and directs the Percussion Ensemble in the School of the Communication and the Arts.