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Wilma Smith is Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and an avid chamber musician. Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, she studied in Boston with Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner at the New England Conservatory. She was first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music and major prizes at the Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. Wilma played regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was Concertmaster of the Harvard Chamber Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society. Invited to form the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was first violinist for five years, touring Australia for Musica Viva to considerable acclaim, before her appointment as Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and awarded the title, Concertmaster Emeritus. Since moving to Melbourne she has performed in the Munro/Smith/Berlin Trio and been a frequent guest of Ensemble Liaison. She collaborated with Steven Isserlis and Melvyn Tan in a series of concerts for the New Zealand International Arts Festival and her latest venture as a member of the Hopkins quartet takes her back to her string quartet roots.