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Wilma Smith 

Wilma Smith is curator/violinist/violist of Wilma & Friends, 2nd violinist of the Flinders Quartet, guest concertmaster of orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand, Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of Competitions, and a committed teacher. 

Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, Wilma studied in the US with the legendary Dorothy DeLay. She was founding first violinist of the Lydian Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award and prizes at Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. She also worked regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Invited by Chamber Music New Zealand to return home to establish the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was first violinist until her appointment as concertmaster of the NZSO and then the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Since retiring from the MSO, she has prioritised chamber music in Australia, New Zealand and the US. With her old friend, Victoria Jones, she is Co-Artistic Director of the Martinborough Music Festival.