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CAELI SMITH made her debut as an orchestra soloist at age ten, with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and has since soloed with numerous orchestras, including the Ocean City Pops, the Bucks County Symphony, the Ambler Symphony, the Olney Symphony, the Old York Road Symphony, the Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra, and others. A frequent recitalist, Caeli has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College, the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. She has collaborated with a wide range of musicians in recital and chamber music settings, including pianists André Watts, Christopher O'Riley, and Tim Ribchester; soprano Julianne Baird; jazz violinist Jeremy Cohen; violist Ellen dePasquale; and digeridoo artist Harold E. Smith. In 2009 she served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra.

Caeli has performed numerous times, both as a soloist and chamber musician, on NPR's From The Top radio show, where she also served for three years as a traveling cast member in the role of "Roving Reporter." She appeared twice on the PBS series From The Top: Live From Carnegie Hall. In 2005, Caeli starred in Robert Downey Sr.'s musical feature-length documentary, Rittenhouse Square, in which she played a young street musician. In 2009 Caeli was invited by YouTube/Google, along with pianist Jeremy Denk, to serve as an official video blogger for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as a paid blogger for the internationally acclaimed websiteViolinist.com. Her print articles have appeared in Strings and Teen Strings magazines.

At the Juilliard School, Caeli studies violin with Ronald Copes of the Juilliard String Quartet. Her teachers have included Catherine Cho, Joey Corpus, Lee Snyder, Linda Cerone, James Buswell, and David Halen. Recent awards include a Juilliard College Alumni Scholarship; the 2010 Juilliard School Pre-College Division Achievement Award; the 2010 AMCP Chamber Music Network Certificate of Recognition for Chamber Music; the 2010 Alexander Schmerling Award from Settlement Music School, and a 2010 Merit award from the NFAA YoungArts Competition. For six years she was a recipient of the Advanced Study Scholarship at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, where she played in the Trowbridge Chamber Orchestra, the Auger Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Snitzer Advanced Study Quartet.

Currently she is a member of the exciting new string ensemble 6th Borough Quartet.
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