Daniel King Smith, piano
Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Harold Craxton and Max Pirani prizes for Chamber Music and others for his all-round musical ability. His teachers were Piers Lane, Ruth Nye and Vanessa Latarche.
His extensive concerto repertoire has lead to many concerto performances in the UK and around Europe, including the Royal Festival Hall, London, various theatres in Cataluña, Spain, and San Stefano al Ponte, Florence. Daniel has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines including Crystal and Cunard.
Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life and he has been staff accompanist at both Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music Junior Departments and at the Purcell School leading to concerts for Prince Charles, at the Wigmore Hall and at the Royal Albert Hall. He also regularly accompanies masterclasses and end of year recitals at the London conservatoires and is often official accompanist for the Countess of Munster Trust auditions. Daniel accompanies on summer music courses including the British Isles Music Festival and Musicale. He has given recitals all over the world with Michael Collins, Carmel Kaine, Susan Milan, Robert Max, Stefano Canuti, Yuki Ito, and Anna Hashimoto, among many others.
Daniel has performed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster, and appeared in the televised finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1996 as soloist and regularly since then as accompanist. He was also a prizewinner in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition in 1996 and has subsequently won the Best Accompanist Prize in the same competition. In September 2003 he played as orchestral pianist with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Daniel has recorded a number of CDs, including releases with Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label.