Born in Australia, Charlotte hails from a family of musicians with whom she performed chamber music from a young age. She earned a degree in violin performance from London’s Royal College of Music, followed by an MA in English from Cambridge University. Before becoming editor of The Strad she worked for Gramophone and as a freelance writer. In her spare time she continues to play chamber music at corporate events and weddings, and to go to the cinema as often as she can.
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This summer, Dubai played host to the InClassica International Music Festival and Middle East Classical Music Academy. Charlotte Smith braved soaring temperatures and an array of Covid travel regulations to witness performances by some of the world’s leading string players
Cremona’s Mondomusica trade fair, held annually in the Italian city, was unable to go ahead as planned this year due to coronavirus. Charlotte Smith attended the alternative Special Edition, and witnessed a host of creative ways to deal with the pandemic