Martin Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Lionel Bentley and Manoug Parikian, and later with Nicholas Roth and the renowned Russian virtuoso Grigori Zhislin. For some years he was a member of the Duke String Quartet, with whom he appeared throughout Britain and Europe and he has also appeared as guest with the Allegri and Bridge Quartets. He currently performs with the Ellerdale Piano Trio, which he founded in 1992, and with the Primavera Ensemble and the 4th Dimension String Quartet. As an orchestral player Martin leads the New London Sinfonia and Orchestra Nova, has appeared as guest leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brunel Ensemble, and London Concertante, and has worked with many of the UKs foremost chamber orchestras, notably the London Mozart Players and English Chamber Orchestra. He has made solo appearances around the country and also in France, Germany, Holland and the United States, many with the London Soloists Orchestra, which he led for ten years.