2019 MusiciansCameron Smith

Cameron is a passionate clarinettist originally from Geelong, and he is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying under David Thomas.  

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

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

Throughout his studies he has performed regularly with arts organisations across Melbourne including Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He was Principal Clarinet in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and MCM Symphony Orchestra and participated in the final Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI) in Hobart in 2016. 

Before commencing studies at ANAM, he participated in various projects including the ANAM Chamber Music Competition; as a finalist in 2014 and as a winner with Stravinsky’s Octet in 2016. In his first year at ANAM he was awarded the Musica Viva Prize in the ANAM Chamber Music Competition with the Prokofiev Quintet and participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players program. 

Cameron maintains a private teaching studio and is passionate about education. He has toured with the Arcadia Winds for Musica Viva’s in-schools show The Air I Breathe. 

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

Image by Pia Johnson

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