James Austin Smith is a critically acclaimed oboist and artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Currently, he is co-artistic director of Tertulia, a New York and San Francisco-based chamber music series, and a member and former artistic director of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. His festival appearances include a variety of venues in Europe and the US, where he has performed with multiple string quartets and has recorded for various labels. His debut solo recording, Distance, was released in 2015 on South Africa's TwoPianists Record Label. Smith is a faculty member of Stony Brook University, the Manhattan School of Music, and Purchase College. In 2018, he served as a Center panelist in Performance.