"Michael Cedric Smith opened with an exciting, bravura performance of Etude No. 7 by Villa-Lobos. Requiring, and receiving, flawless technique, this study has the elegant, sinuous lines so typical of the composer... Smith had all of the necessary sophistication." Lynna Sedlak, The Buffalo News.
Recognized as a brilliant performer and elegant interpreter of romantic and modern music, Michael Cedric Smith appears frequently as a recitalist and in chamber music concerts in New York and across the country. He has appeared twice at the National Festival of the Guitar in the Dominican Republic.
In New York City he has performed contemporary American chamber music as a guest artist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble at the Guggenheim Museum of Art in SoHo, and with the New York University Chamber Players at Merkin Concert Hall. He has appeared in solo recitals on the "La Folia Series" at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital hall. He also presented a solo recital focusing on Frédéric Chopin and guitar music for the "Music in Chelsea" series in New York which was profiled on WNYC FM's "Around New York."
Michael Cedric Smith is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory. He studied with Aaron Shearer and Oswald Rantucci.
Currently on the faculty at the New York City College of Technology and the Caedmon School, Mr. Smith has also taught at the University of South Carolina, the National Summer Guitar Workshop in Connecticut and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
Michael Cedric Smith plays a double top guitar by Gernot Wagner.