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About Ronald Bruce Smith

Ronald Bruce Smith is a composer whose works incorporate both acoustic instruments and electronics. Many of his works share a contemplative character, a preoccupation with enhancing the resonance of a given ensemble, and an openness to new sound sources. Smith's music has been described as "fresh and lustrous" (The New York Times); "seductive and unique" (Ottawa Citizen); "filling in silences blank canvas with the delicacy of an impressionist's brush" (Vancouver Sun); "wonderfully evocative"; and "intriguing, lovely and seductive" (San Francisco Chronicle); "a highly charged sonic space, fresh and enigmatic" (Los Angeles Times); "sophisticated and ambitious – fascinating and satisfying" (San Francisco Classical Voice); and as "showing a remarkable sensitivity to tone colors" (Toronto Globe and Mail). Smith has received many awards and commissions for his work including commissions funded by the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Manhattan School of Music, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and CNMAT, University of California, Berkeley. Performers of his works include the Aitken/Tureski Duo, guitarist David Tanenbaum, the Arraymusic Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Cikada, Columbia Sinfonietta, Continuum Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Earplay, New Music Concerts, Pierrot Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Vancouver New Music Ensemble, Verge Ensemble, Xanthos Ensemble, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured composer at Other Minds 12 in San Francisco, the Festival of the Sound, Open Ears and the Banff Festival of the Arts. Continuum, Arraymusic, the Del Sol String Quartet, Stenberg/Zimmermann Duo and the Evergreen Club Gamelan have recorded his music to CD.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Music, Northeastern University


Research Interests

Music technology and Composition

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Contact Information

367 Ryder Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115