A profile of features writer, journalist, editor, adjudicator
and researcher; Howard Smith.
"As a music critic Smith is definitely one of the best in the world"
(Prof. A. Ivashkin).
'Lord of the Rings' overall producer, Barrie M.Osborne
(left) in conversation with Howard Smith
Howard Smith is a British features journalist, adjudicator, editor and photographer. He is internationally recognized as a proactive entrepreneur, music and travel writer.
For some years he was a senior interviewer/writer, TV and arts critic with the then Dominion /Sunday Times in Wellington, New Zealand. Later Howard Smith became the sole leader writer for the China Mail in Hong Kong.
From the mid 70s to 1987 he worked for Thomson Regional Newspapers (TRN) in North East England, writing extensively on arts, travel, and news background topics. Subsequently, from his base in Minneapolis, MN, he provided copy for a variety of outlets throughout the American mid-west.
From the mid 1990s he worked for APN, New Zealand while occasionally supplying stories for the major dailies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. At the same time he supplied notes for the NZ International Festival of the Arts and articles for The Listener, North & South, the Sunday Star-Times and major dailies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Since the dawn of the 3rd Millennium he has been on assignments in Hatsukaichi, Japan; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Noumea, New Caledonia; Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Pacific Russia; and Uralsk, Kazakhstan.
In the last decade Howard Smith has been NZ agent for Khazak-born virtuoso violinist, Marat Bisengaliev and top Serbian pianist Sonja Radojkovic. In addition he is a regular contributor to the acclaimed Music & Vision website in London.
Each week he fronts a successful programme on Arrow FM Radio while periodically he is guest lecturer in specialist journalism at Whitireia Polytechnic, just outside New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Howard currently works from Wellington province, New Zealand.
Senior writer/commentator for Music & Vision Daily [ www.mvdaily.com ] ./ London ] Agent/ tour manager for NZ recital tours; Marat Bisengaliev – 1998; tour manager recitals; Khachaturian Violin Concerto [ Wellington Sinfonia ] -2004; recitals; Barber Violin Concerto [ Vector Wellington Orchestra ] – 2006. Conductor – James Sadares.
Michael Hill International Violin Competition; for ‘Strad’ Queenstown/Auckland – 1997
Masterton District Council Representative – Hatsukaichi; Hiroshima Prefecture; Japan 1999
Celebration Bisengaliev concert; Almaty Khazakstan / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Observer – ‘Messiah’ with EnsembleXX1 email@example.com – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk [ Russian: Ю́жно-Сахали́нск ] – 2003.
Marat Bisengaliev International Violin Competition; Uralsk, Khazakstan – 2004.
Delagate NZ tours [ 2003/2013 ] Sonja Radojkovic, Belgrade ; piano. NZ tour [ 2012 ] Halida Dinova; Tatarstan/Cleveland, Ohio, piano. Commentator New Zealand Opera.
Markets he has written for include:MUSIC PRESS, RECORD COMPANIES, CONCERT PRODUCTIONS, FESTIVALS, ORCHESTRAS, SOCIETIES
STRAD (London), New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, 1996/98 (Wellington, NZ), DECCA RECORDS (UK), Opera North (Leeds, UK), STRINGS (California, USA), The Turnovsky Trio (New Zealand), GRAMOPHONE (London), EMI RECORDS (London), The Minnesota Orchestra (USA), CD Review (London), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, MN (USA), The NZSO (Wellington), Hamilton Chamber Music Society (Waikato, NZ), Aotea Centre (Auckland), HYPERION RECORDS(London), Opera Now (London).
AIRLINES AND TRAVEL PRESS
Qantas (Sydney), University of Leeds (UK), Pacific Wave (Air NZ, Auckland), The University of Minnesota (USA), Tradewinds Tours (Manchester), Relax Travel magazine (Chicago, Illinois), British Caledonian Airlines (UK), Amoco Road Magazine (New York, USA), American Transair (Indianapolis), Airtours Holiday Travel (London), Singapore Airlines (Singapore).
National Public Radio (USA), Aerial Radio (USA), The NZ Herald (Auckland, NZ), Christchurch Press (NZ),Radio New Zealand (Drama/Auckland), The China Mail (Hong Kong), Hitz 89 FM Masterton, The Dominion (Wellington, NZ), Waikato Times (Hamilton, NZ), THE INDEPENDENT (London), Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN, USA), Sunday Star-Times (Auckland, NZ), THOMSON PAPERS (UK), Evening Post (Wellington, NZ),The NZ Herald (Auckland, NZ), Wairarapa Times-Age (NZ), Jewish Chronicle (Minnesota, USA), SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong).
COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Management (Auckland), Masterton Business Enterprises, (New Zealand), The ANZ Bank (NZ), Department of Community Corrections (NZ), Dairy Herd Management (Wisconsin, USA), Unisys (UK), Rail Magazine (NZ), Kings 1Vth Generation Ltd. (Wairarapa), Summerset Management Group (Waikanae, NZ), Radio Network (Levin, NZ), Arable News (Methven, NZ), Chifney Wines (Martinborough, NZ), Morrison & Co.Trust (Wellington, NZ).