MusiciansCameron Smith

Cameron is a passionate clarinettist originally from Geelong. He is currently in his third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training under Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Principal Clarinet, David Thomas.

Before finishing secondary school, Cameron won the Regional Section of the Australian Youth Music Competition and the Peter Martin Memorial Jazz Solo Prize at the Royal South Street Competition. He was also invited to play in Top Class and Top Acts for Excellence in his VCE Music Performance subject.

After a brief interlude studying engineering, Cameron began his tertiary music studies with MSO Associate Principal Clarinet Philip Arkinstall at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM). In his first year, he was awarded the Bebbington Prize for Best Woodwind Recital and was Winner of the MCM Chamber Music Competition.

During his studies at MCM he was Principal Clarinet of Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the MCM Symphony Orchestra, and participated in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI) and Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players program.

Before commencing his training at ANAM, Cameron performed as a finalist in the ANAM Chamber Music Competition (2014) and won the Competition in 2016 with a performance of the Stravinsky Octet. During his training at ANAM, Cameron was awarded the Musica Viva Second Prize for the ANAM Chamber Music Competition in both 2018 and 2019, for performances of the Prokofiev Quintet and the Penderecki Quartet.

Cameron performs regularly with ensembles including Orchestra Victoria, Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He is passionate about education and has toured with Arcadia Winds for Musica Viva’s In-Schools show The Air I Breathe, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Cameron is looking forward to his third year at ANAM, and further developing his career as a chamber and orchestral musician.

Photo by Pia Johnson

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