Fife’s David Smith started to learn the flute when he was 14 and after six month’s of playing decided that this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He auditioned for and was accepted by St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh initially to study alto saxophone, but it is his progress on the flute which has been outstanding. In 2008 David won the Wind Finals of the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year, progressing to the grand final of that prestigious competition in May 2008.
It is not surprising that his music tutors consider him to be an outstanding talent. During his four years at St Mary’s he distinguished himself on numerous occasions, was awarded scholarships to three British music conservatoires and won a major prize at the British Flute Society Competition.
David has been a member of the NYOS and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and has taken part in masterclasses with Jaime Martin, Emmanuel Pahud and Eline van Esch. His career aim is to become a solo and orchestral flautist. He accepted a place at the Royal College of Music.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will assist David as he pursues his studies in flute performance at the RCM. David's funding has been extended for a second year.