A native of Rhode Island, Brandon Smith earned his Bachelors and Masters from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he studied with Paul Johnson, Ira Gold and Jefferey Weisner. Outside of school, Brandon has been fortunate to study with teachers such as Paul DeNola, Ali Yazdanfar, Matthew McDonald and Franco Petracchi. Festivals that Brandon has attended include the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz in 2017, Eastern Music Festival and Orford Music. Brandon is an active freelancer in the Baltimore/DC/PA area, performing with groups such as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, the York Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Chamber Winds. Starting in fall of 2022 Brandon will be joining the substitute list of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to classical music, Brandon enjoys ultra-running, climbing, cycling, photography and playing electric bass. This will be his second time at AIMs.