Praised as playing “gorgeously” and with “gracefulness and easy rapport” (The Boston Globe), violinist Emily Daggett Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.
Emily made her New York concerto debut playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and since then has performed concerti with many orchestras including Iris Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Classical Players. She has given solo recitals across the country at venues including the Kennedy Center and Music in the Loft in Chicago.
As an active and passionate chamber musician Emily performs regularly at festivals and series around the country, and has shared the stage with renowned musicians including members of the Cleveland, Emerson and Juilliard String Quartets. In addition to performing the masterpieces of the 17th through the 20th century, Emily 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, and Andrea Casarrubios’ La Libertad se levantó llorando, which was premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and later recorded for Odracek records. Her extensive work with the chamber orchestra The Knights also speaks to her passion for an organic blend of old and new music, and as the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet, she recorded a world-premiere album of Harold Brown's complete works for String Quartet on Albany Records.
Despite her busy performance schedule, Emily is dedicated to education and is on the violin faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Pre-College and the Juilliard School, where she is assistant to Laurie Smukler. Emily holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. She plays on a Johannes Cuypers violin, generously donated by Dr. Marylou Witz.