JAIME SMITH

 

 
JAIME SMITH began her formal Classical Violin Performance studies in her home town with William Barbini (Concert-master, Sacramento Symphony) at California State University, Sacramento. She then moved east and continued her studies with Malcolm Lowe (Concert-master, Boston Symphony) and Eric Rosenblith (String department Chair, N.E.C.) at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in Violin Performance. Just a year later in 1999, Jaime was the first musician to be granted a Fulbright Scholarship to Greece to study its' traditional music in Athens. She attended the Ethniko Odeio (National Conservatory) with Yiannis Zevgolis, and then continued under the direction of Kyriakos Gouventas at the Odeio Athinon (Athens Conservatory). Jaime was also a student of Christos Tsiamoulis, the country's expert on makam theory and traditional music. She has spent the last 16 years living in Athens and performing all over Greece and Cyprus with celebrated artists such as the famous and beloved Mario, the "Rembetissa", with whom she played with for 4 consecutive years. Jaime has also collaborated with Nikos and Giasemi Saragoudas, David Nachmias and Kostis Maraveyas to name only a few, and was a member of the musical group "Smyrni-Buenos Aires, Parallel Lives" featuring Bruno Dando, Kostas Kalafatis and Iraklis Vavatsikas. Jaime has recorded for the renowned composer Nikos Mamagakis, Mario the "Rembetissa” and Martha Frintzila. This year she recorded for the new budding singer/songwriter Orestis Koletsos on his first album entitled “Me Plimirizei Fos”, which is currently being aired daily on a number of radio stations in Greece. She has performed countless times for Greek and Cypriot television and radio. In 2007, she formed the trio Hohlax, and in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 organized concert tours of California, dedicated to sharing her love for Greek music to others. In 2010 Jaime had the pleasure to perform her own piece, "Brest 7" on television in Cyprus with Hohlax; a challenging Kalamatiano in the Asia Minor style. In August 2014, Jaime was invited to talk about and present music from Smyrni on the island of Tinos with her violin, in collaboration with an exhibition presenting rare and old pictures of the island. She is bringing her trio Hohlax for their fifth  California tour in September, where, along with her scheduled performances and events she will be holding performance/seminars at California State University, Sacramento, University of California, Davis and San Francisco State University.

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