British violinist Katy Smith is fast becoming known as a young musician of exceptional brilliance, virtuosity and integrity. Winner of the 2012 Eastbourne Concerto Competition and the 2011 Windsor and Maidenhead Concerto Competition, she is in high demand as a concerto soloist and has given 14 concerto performances in the 2011-12 season alone. She has proved extremely popular with audiences and orchestras alike and has many appearances scheduled for the 2012-13 season and beyond. For the 2012 Battle Proms series Katy has performed as concerto soloist for audiences of up to 10,000 people per concert.
Katy was born in 1992, 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 Espagnole after winning a concerto competition for soloists up to the age of 18.
Since 2003 Katy has been a student of Berent Korfker, first at the Yehudi Menuhin School and now at the Royal College of Music, where she is a Richard Carne Charitable Trust Scholar and is also supported by the Seary Trust and the Martin Musical Scholarship Foundation. In 2009 she was invited to participate in the international Australian String Academy at the Sydney Conservatory as a featured student of Berent Korfker on a full scholarship. She took part in numerous solo and chamber music concerts at the prestigious Verbruggen Hall, and was awarded a prize in the Academy's Concerto Competition.
Later the same year Katy was presented at the Oundle International Festival in an evening recital and as a soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, alongside Natalie Clein. She subsequently formed a duo with pianist Susie Summers. They have since performed on numerous occasions, including several recitals for music clubs around the UK and on BBC television during the category finals of BBC Young Musician of the year.
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 in the circle of Nathaniel Cross. The string firm Pirastro have been generously providing Katy with Passione strings during the past 5 years.