Andrew Smith has been at the pinnacle of the music profession for the last 32 years. As a young musical all rounder he studied piano, oboe and percussion at the RCM before joining Welsh National Opera as a timpanist in 1968, playing for the as yet unknown James Levine. After twelve months he was offered a similar position with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before finally moving to the world renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, London, in 1972. With them he has recorded over 1700 discs working with the world’s most famous conductors and soloists, a highlight of which was recording the Bartok Concerto for 2 pianos and percussion with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Whilst touring with the Philharmonia he has given masterclasses and workshops at major conservatoires throughout the world.
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