Violinist and violist Caeli Smith was born in Philadelphia and made her debut as a soloist at age ten with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Caeli holds both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she was a principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, and received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. She has collaborated with many distinguished musicians in chamber music settings, including Leon Fleisher, Ani Kavafian, Roger Tapping, and André Watts. In 2015, Caeli was a prizewinner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall.
Caeli has performed at the Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, and has served as a principal violist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. She is a founding member and Associate Director of Frisson, a nine-piece touring chamber ensemble. Caeli is on the Teaching Artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic, and is the string ensemble teaching artist at New York City Charter School of the Arts. She is also on the faculty of the Chamber Music Institute of the Danbury Music Center in Connecticut. As a teenager, she was a frequent performer and recurring cast member on NPR’s From The Top. Her print articles have appeared in Strings, Teen Strings, and Symphony magazines.