Ashley Smith

Dr Ashley Smith

Dr, D.Mus W.Aust., MMus Yale, B.Mus W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M413), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Described as ‘Incandescent... a masterly display of skill and insight... as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinettist's equal’ (The Age), clarinettist Ashley William Smith has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Australia, USA Europe and Asia. He is a laureate of several the industry’s most prestigious prizes including the Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship, an ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award, and a Churchill Fellowship. His performance of Lachlan Skipworth’s Clarinet Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra was awarded the 2015 APRA Performance of the Year. He is an artist for Buffet-Crampon and D'Addario.

Ashley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia where he is the Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance. Ashley is the clarinettist of the Southern Cross Soloists and performs across the globe at chamber music festivals with ensembles including the Calder, Dover, and Australian string quartets.

A graduate of Yale University, the University of Western Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Ashley was awarded prizes as the most outstanding performance graduate of each institution. In 2020 he completed a doctorate in music analysis examining the application of moment form to the solo works of Franco Donatoni.


Roles and responsibilities


  • Chair of Woodwind Performance Program
  • Lecturer in Music Aesthetics;
  • Lecturer in Popular Music Studies;
  • Lecturer in Post-Tonal Music Analysis;
  • Orindary meber of UWA Conservatorium Concerts and Outreach Committee and Research Committee;
  • UWA Conservatorium Diversity and Inclusion Officer;
  • UWA Student Experience Committee Member;
  • UWA Ally member.


  • Clarinet and bass clarinet soloist, director and chamber musician. Specialist in contemporary performance;
  • Perth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors;
  • Artistic advisory committee member for West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva Australia;
  • Pre-concert speaker for West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva and Australian String Quartet;
  • Adjudication for domestic and major international music performance competitions. 

New and Noteworthy



Post-Tonal Music Analysis

Contemporary Performance Practice

New Music Development and Performance 


Research expertise keywords

  • Music analysis
  • Musical Notation
  • Performance Studies


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