Head of Postgraduate Programmes (Music)
As an accompanist, Zoë Smith has worked extensively in the UK and internationally with singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, she has performed in many of the principal London recital venues, as well as the Schubert-Saal in Vienna and Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City. She has received prizes in song accompaniment and has also specialised in flute repertoire, working in masterclasses and recitals with many leading flautists including Sarah Newbold, Alexa Still and the late Alain Marion, as well as recording three CDs for flute and piano.
Since 1999, Zoë has worked at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she is now Head of Postgraduate Programmes. As a pianist, she has performed with a range of distinguished visiting artists, including Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael Cox (flute) and Roderick Williams (baritone). In July 2015, she was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Zoë is currently working in partnership with Tŷ Cerdd to research Welsh instrumental music of the 20th century, seeking to raise awareness of this rich repertoire and promote its performance amongst musicians in Wales and beyond. She has been collaborating with Tŷ Cerdd since 2016, working on performances of music from their archives, both personally and with students from RWCMD, some of which were featured on the Carthen Cerdd CD as well as on the Welsh Impressions CD.
Zoë is a Trustee for the Mervyn Burtch Foundation and was a member of the European Opera Academy Artistic Council from 2018 to 2020. She presented ‘Making connections: using work-based learning to increase the confidence of conservatoire music students’ at the Association of European Conservatoires LATIMPE conference in Oslo, October 2018.
Zoë is the External Examiner for Performance Pathways for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Guildhall Artist Masters and will be the BMus External Examiner for the Royal Marines Music School from September 2021. She was a panellist for the piano category for BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2015, and for the Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians in 2014, 2017, and 2019.