Violist Caeli Smith was born in Philadelphia and made her debut as an orchestra soloist at age ten with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard, where she was a principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, and received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Caeli was a prizewinner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra. She has appeared as a principal violist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and in the summer of 2017, she will perform at the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, as well as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. A dedicated journalist, Caeli’s articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as Strings and Symphony magazines.