Wilma Smith and Friends; Artistic Director – Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition; Former Concertmaster – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Auckland University; New England Conservatory, USA
Wilma Smith, former Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She studied in Auckland then in Boston at the New England Conservatory with the legendary Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner before becoming first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music and multiple prizes at the Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. While the quartet was her professional focus in Boston, she also worked regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was Concertmaster of the Harvard Chamber Orchestra and Handel and Haydn Society.
Invited to return home to form the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was first violinist of the group for five years until the NZSO appointed her Concertmaster. In Melbourne, she curates her own chamber music series, Wilma & Friends, now in its fifth season. She has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with SSO, WASO, TSO, ASO, OV and APO, and teaches violin at Melbourne and Monash Universities.
Last updated 2020