Hugo Smit - Cello

Hugo Smit grew up in New Zealand and pursued the main part of his musical education in Austria, supported by the Woolf Fisher Trust. Before his studies in Salzburg and Innsbruck, his year at Fabrica, the communications research centre in Treviso, Italy, defined much of his subsequent work.

In 2009 he devised a music-theatrical stage adaptation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis with rising star actor Daniel Sträßer. He is a songwriting member of The Savage Five, a band which has vocalist Suzanne Savage backed exlusively by string instruments.

In 2004 he collaborated with Italian composer Andrea Molino in his multimedia work CREDO, and pursued his interest in contemporary music in the Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy.

In 2013-14 he played in the Noord Nederlands Orkest, and during that time completed a cycle of the complete Beethoven piano trios in Budapest with Trio Monteleone. He concerns himself increasingly with the performance of contemporary New Zealand music in Europe. Hugo's teachers have included Edith Salzmann, Heidi Litschauer, Enrico Bronzi and Tito Ceccherini.