Emily Daggett Smith


Praised as playing “gorgeously” and with “gracefulness and easy rapport” (The Boston Globe) and giving performances of “irrepressible élan” (The Seattle Times), violinist Emily Daggett Smith has performed across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. As an active and passionate chamber musician, Ms. Smith performs regularly at numerous festivals and series around the country and has shared the stage with many renowned musicians, including members of the Cleveland, Emerson and Juilliard String Quartets. As a soloist, Ms. Smith made her New York debut playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and since then has performed concerti with many orchestras, including Iris Orchestra, the Festival Mosaic Orchestra and the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to performing the masterpieces of the 17th through the 20th century, Ms. Smith is also a strong advocate of new music. She has premiered dozens of new works, including the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Silvertone, which was commissioned for her debut recital in Chicago at the Music in the Loft concert series. Ms. Smith is also dedicated to education and has served on the Violin Faculty of the undergraduate department of Stony Brook University, and also frequently gives masterclasses and educational outreach performances wherever her violin takes her. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and, as a recipient of the prestigious Staller Scholar Award, is the final stages of the Doctor of Music and Arts degree at Stony Brook University. Ms. Smith plays on a Johannes Cuypers violin, generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz.

Photo credit: Charles Quiles