Callum Smart at Cheltenham Music Festival

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Violinist Callum Smart came to wide public attention when, at the age of thirteen, he was the strings category winner of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition. This year, at Cheltenham Music Festival he will perform Britten’s magnificent Violin Concerto, alongside Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra.

Callum began his violin studies at the age of six and was a pupil of the Royal Junior College of Music, London. At the age of nine he entered the Yehudi Menuhin School where he was a student of Maciej Rakowski and for the last five years has continued his studies with him at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester.

We recently met up with Callum for a quick chat ahead of his appearance at the Music Festival and he treated us to an impromptu performance of Grieg…
Click above to watch the full video interview.

Don’t miss Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony & A Britten Double Bill, featuring Callum Smart and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, at Cheltenham Music Festival on Saturday 6th July.