MAXWELL

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George began learning to play the violin at the age of ten. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with William Chandler and Ruth Crouch. Whilst there he played in masterclasses with Midori, Christian Tetzlaff,Ilya Gringolts, Andrew Manze and Barnabas Keleman.

 

He has performed across the UK and further afield as a chamber musician, soloist and Scots fiddle player. Notable performances include winning prizes in the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship, performing James MacMillan's ‘From Ayrshire’ for Solo Violin and Orchestra under the baton of the composer, and most recently performing in the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.

 

He is a founding member and violinist of the Maxwell String Quartet.The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the quartet is currently on the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme and the Kirckman Concert Society programme.

George works with many other groups in Scotland including the Scottish Ensemble, BBCSSO and Grit Orchestra.He regularly works with non-classical musicians, collaborating withcomposers including Anna Meredith and Samoyed. Along with this he teaches at various institutions across Scotland and is regularly invited to give workshops and masterclasses on Scottish music.

 

George performs on a Bernardus Calcanius violin which dates from c.1740. and is extremely grateful to the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation for this generous loan.

 

 

 

 

"A SUBTLETY AND MATURITY OF INTERPRETATION THAT BELIES THEIR YOUTH"

ELLON TIMES

 

 

 

GEORGE SMITH | VIOLIN

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