Award Recipient 2009

Daniel Smith

13th Winner of The Brian Stacey Award


Maestri Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jorma Panula, Peter Gülke, Imre Pallo and flautists Sir James Galway, Julia Fekete-Berky, William Bennett and Janet Webb have all been pedagogues of Daniel Smith.

In the 2009 Malko International Conducting Competition, Daniel was a semi-finalist and also the most voted-for candidate on the internet. He was the Assistant Conductor to Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti (with the Sydney Symphony, Opéra Monte Carlo, Rome Opera and Orchestra della Toscana). Daniel has also conducted the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), the Junge Philharmonie Salzburg (Austria) and the Festival Orchestra of Sofia (Bulgaria). He was recently awarded a Master of Music degree in Conducting after returning from the Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, Academy of Performing Arts in Slovakia and Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Italy where on all occasions, he was awarded their prestigious diplomas.

One of Australia’s only Fellows of the Trinity College London, Daniel has been a finalist in the Sony Australian Music Awards (MusicOz) and prize-winner in the Master Performers Australia competition, held the position of principal flute with the SBS Radio & Television Orchestra and was accepted into Cirque du Soleil’s Talent Bank. He has recorded with ABC Classic FM & 2MBS-FM and has been assistant conductor for Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Puccini’s Tosca, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Verdi’s La traviata, Puccini’s Fanciulla del West, Berg’s Wozzeck, Puccini’s La Rondine, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.

Daniel’s performing career began at 11 when he won the Beethoven or Busk Classical Music Festival and over the years has won more than 100 prizes in competitions. Among them have been the esteemed Sydney Symphony Stuart Challender Fund Scholarship, Australia Council for the Arts Music Scholarship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award, Sir David Martin Memorial Award, Sydney Directory of Music Teachers Senior Scholarship, Berky Music Academy Chamber Music Scholarship, Olive Silvester Scholarship, The Fred Blanks Award, The Alan Bellhouse Memorial Scholarship for Conducting and was also awarded both the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Music. For the past four years he was honoured with a scholarship to the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, one of the world’s finest music academies which also crafted the careers of Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim and Charles Dutoit, among others.

He has many dreams and one day hopes to complete writing his first symphony and follow a world career in flute and conducting. What are dreams, if you can’t aim for them?