Robert Edward Smith
2019-2020, 2015-2016, 2013-2014,
Robert Edward Smith has written music for vocal and instrumental ensembles of all sizes ranging from unaccompanied viola to symphony orchestra. He has been Composer in Residence at Trinity College Chapel since 1979 and taught harpsichord and continuo realization at the Hartt School, University of Hartford from 1992 to the present. In 2002-2003 he served as Composer in Residence, St. John’s Memorial Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Recent works include Sonata II for Viola and Harpsichord, Le Tresor d'Orphee for viola and harpsichord, A concert overture: Diana, Queen and Huntress, for symphony orchestra, a Quintet for winds, and Tango Amoroso composed for pianist Virginia Eskin and The Chamber Orchestra of Boston, David Feltner, conductor.
Also a distinguished harpsichordist, he is the first person since the eighteenth century to perform in public the complete harpsichord literature of François Couperin. His recording J, S. Bach: Harpsichord Music in the Grand Manner (Wildboar Recordings) was named as one of the best recordings of the year by the American Record Guide in 1996.
Mr. Smith has been Director of the Trinity College Summer Chamber Music Series since 1998.