Robert Smith

Robert Smith

‘Robert Smith's plaintive expressive poise'
BBC Music Magazine

Biography

Robert Smith is an English viola da gambist and baroque cellist. In 2012 he won the Bach-Abel Viola da Gamba Competition in Köthen, taking the First Prize, Audience Prize and Special Prize. His performance of a heavy-metal transcription of a Metallica song was especially noted.

Robert’s ensemble, Fantasticus, has received wide critical acclaim for its recent recordings of stylus fantasticus and French Baroque music. In 2013 his playing was described by The Strad as, ‘Intensely expressive, highly dramatic.’

Robert studied Viola de Gamba with Mieneke van der Velden (Amsterdam) and Paolo Pandolfo (Basel). He also studied Baroque cello with Wouter Möller, Jaap ter Linden and Viola da Hoog. He was principal cellist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2005/6.

Robert currently plays with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Fantasticus, amongst many other groups. In 2010 he won the second prize in the International Baroque Soloist competition in Brunnenthal, Austria. In ensembles he received several prizes in the Bruges Musica Antiqua Competition and the Van Wassenaer Competition (Amsterdam).

www.baroquebass.com

Reviews

‘Robert Smith thrillingly exploits the full expressive range of the viol’
Classical Ear

‘Robert Smith's plaintive expressive poise'
BBC Music Magazine

Discography

Bound to Nothing: The German Stylus Fantasticus
$9.99
Fantasticus - Rie Kimura (violin), Robert Smith (viola da gamba) & Guillermo Brachetta (harps..
Conversed Monologue: Concerti by J.G. Graun, J.-M. Leclair & W.F. Bach
$9.99
Fantasticus XL, Rie Kimura (Baroque violin), Robert Smith (viola da gamba), Guillermo Brachetta (..
Fantasticus: Baroque Chamber Works
$9.99
Fantasticus - Rie Kimura (violin), Robert Smith (viola da gamba & cello) & Guillermo Brac..
Fantasticus: Sonnerie & other portraits
$9.99
Fantasticus - Rie Kimura (violin), Robert Smith (viola da gamba) & Guillermo Brachetta (harps..
G.P. Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da Gamba
$9.99
Robert Smith (viola da gamba) Lost to the world for centuries, the recent rediscovery in 2015 o..
Tartini & Veracini: Violin Sonatas
$9.99
Rie Kimura (Baroque violin) & Fantasticus (Robert Smith - Baroque cello & Guillermo Brach..
The Excellency of Hand: English Viola da Gamba Duos
$9.99
Robert Smith & Paolo Pandolfo (violas da gamba) Following on from his critically acclaimed ..
Tickle the Minikin: 17th-century lyra viol music
$9.99
Robert Smith (viola da gamba) Viola da gambist and founder member of the acclaimed Baroque tri..