“I am moved with gratitude by the influence Kodály has on my repertoire; the solo sonata is exceptional and continues to speak to me.”

– Miriam


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Press Release From Primo Artists

The 17-year-old cellist recorded the piece on an 18th century cello of unknown origin as a followup to her 2022 album Momentum, her second commercial recording featuring works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Boulanger. Textura praised Smith’s performance, claiming “she meets the considerable challenges of the material with assurance and aplomb, so much so that any obsessing over age rapidly falls to the wayside. Impressive too are her liner notes, which like her poised playing show her to be inordinately mature for someone her age.”

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"It has been an honor to make a recording of the Kodály solo sonata. With this sonata, Kodály incorporates so many varied techniques on the instrument, and has written a deeply meaningful, cultural, historical, and even spiritual piece with great virtuosity and sensitivity. From the unique folk rhythms and melodies of Hungary, to the lamenting feelings, and intensely focused sonorities, this work embodies all the technique and musicality a cellist can muster."

“When listening, it’s crucial that you dive into the experience of it. If you don’t know of it, you have to let it just kind of take you over. Yes you could dive into techniques, but let Kodály take you on a journey through his country. And create your own story from this.”