Brinton Averil Smith


Acclaim For Brinton Smith

Melodies poured from his instrument with singing beauty and liquid consistency.

… only one thing gave any sense of order to the evening: the extraordinary musicianship of the young performer… challenges were met and transcended. Brinton Smith's cello playing was forceful, sophisticated and entirely in the spirit of the music's rhetorical wandering…

New York Newsday

I cannot imagine a better stylistic match for (Gil) Shaham and Eguchi than cellist Brinton Smith. The way they play the unison passages between violin and cello and the close dialogs make it clear that these three are of the same musical mind.

American Record Guide

… Brinton Smith is the hugely eloquent, impassioned soloist… The sheer bravura of Smith's reading is infectious…


…[Smith] is perfectly suited to the elusive quality of the solo part… He plays with great conviction and character. In the expansive soundworld of the second movement, the cello sings out above broad washes of orchestral color, Smith imbuing its meandering line with bounteous expressivity. Disparate elements collide in the finale…Smith proving his virtuosity with the cello’s dizzying harmonics…

The Strad

Give cellist Brinton Smith melody and he'll shape it, tenderize it and make it sing. He's a romantic at heart, given to rhapsodic outpourings that reveal the tonal richness of his instrument… Robust playing, sweet-toned and lustrous.

San Diego Union-Tribune

Brinton Smith has established himself as a virtuoso cellist with few technical equals. He is also a proponent of old-school string playing such as that of Piatigorsky and Heifetz. He is not afraid to use expressive vibrato and an occasional portamento, or slide, to enhance a melodic line… The result was sheer magic with Smith’s burnished cello tone and exquisite Heifetz-styled shadings.

Texas Classical Review

Brinton Averil Smith’s cello solos were sweet and delicate and drop-dead beautiful…

The Dallas Morning News

an extraordinary cellist…

Strings Magazine

His legato playing was particularly impressive. Melodies poured from his instrument with singing beauty and liquid consistency. Regardless of tempo or the register of his instrument (high, medium or low), Smith played with great beauty and consistency.

Houston Chronicle

strongly projected…eloquent, grave monologue…

The New Yorker

Cellist Brinton Averil Smith was soloist for Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. This was the third performance of this masterpiece in area concerts this fall; Yo-Yo Ma…

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Breathtakingly beautiful performance…

San Diego Reader

He dominates the instrument, as Nelsova does, to be sure. More than that, however, he plays so smoothly that the sound is almost constantly beautiful, seldom rough, never strident… resulting in a flow of gorgeous, seemingly unending, beautifully resonant melody… He has style. His technique is flourishing and solid. Best of all, he manifests the grandeur of heart it takes to become a first-rank virtuoso

Arizona Daily Sun

Smith’s cello playing is heartrendingly beautiful…

Music Web International

…a well established soloist, which is obvious in his secure playing. Smith’s performance of the cello solos was spectacular…

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR)

…a gripping, full-blooded interpretation. The young American made the most of the works many dramatic shifts of mood, especially in the central Adagio…

The New Zealand Herald

…Smith displayed his exceptional musical gifts. Chief among them were an impassioned determination, a handsome tone and a zeal for accuracy… Smith maintained his high-intensity concentration. He played as if each trill trembled with imagination, and every melody exuded compositional genius.

San Diego Union-Tribune

Rozsa’s Toccata Capriciosa recalls the Kodaly Solo Cello Sonata in its fiery and rhapsodic character and its near-impossible technical challenges. Smith responded to the concise creation with almost superhuman athleticism and precision

The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

…cellist Brinton Averil Smith played with virtuosity, intensity and rich timbre in the lead role. The warm expressiveness of his playing clearly conveyed Quixote's grace and gallantry, particularly in his touching rendition of "Quixote's Farewell to the World"…

Houston Chronicle

…extremely challenging solo writing that Smith tosses off with mastery and abandon…

The Arizona Republic