British violinist Katy Smith is fast becoming known as a musician of exceptional brilliance, virtuosity and integrity. Born in 1992, Katy began playing the violin when she was five, studying with Alex Brulo. She made her concerto debut in Birmingham's Adrian Boult Hall aged ten, playing Lalo Symphonie Espagnol. Winner of multiple competitions such as the Eastbourne Concerto Competition and Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians’ Competition, and appearing on national television as a strings finalist of BBC Young Musician of The Year, she has been in high demand as a soloist from a young age. She was the first soloist to be invited to the Battle Prom Series for two years running from 2012, performing for audiences of up to 10,000 people. She was also invited back as soloist for an anniversary Battle Proms concert in 2017.
From 2003 Katy was a student of Berent Korfker, first at the Yehudi Menuhin School, then at the Royal College of Music where she was a Richard Carne Charitable Trust Scholar and was also supported by the Seary Trust and the Martin Musical Scholarship Foundation. Since graduating in 2015 with first-class honours, Katy has been on tour around the UK with folk singer Jim Moray, most prominently at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the Royal Albert Hall. In September 2019, she started an Advanced Diploma in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with György Pauk.
Katy has taken part in high profile masterclasses including those of Zakhar Bron, Zvi Zeitlin, Robert Masters, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Miriam Fried. Katy plays on a fine 18th-century English violin, made by Nathaniel Cross. The string firm Pirastro are generously sponsoring Katy with strings and accessories.