Steven Smith is the Managing Director of J & A Beare – the world’s pre-eminent fine instrument dealer with a history dating back to 1892.
He has been passionate about instruments from an early age, both as a performer and collector, and became a director of J & A Beare in 1998.
The company was already world renowned for its expertise in fine antique Italian instruments but has since developed and expanded significantly. Today it focuse
Steven has been directly involved in the majority of the finest instrument sales, including several world record-breaking deals such as six great instruments transacted for USD 42 million in 2011 – the size and scale being a first in the industry.
Clients include eminent musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Kyung Wha Chung, (see photo), Joshua Bell, (see photo), Nigel Kennedy, Zubin Mehta; institutional organisations and foundations comprise the Austrian National Bank, Dextra Musica and Nippon Music, Anne Sophie Mutter and Angelika Prokopp foundations amongst others, orchestras from around the globe include the Mariinsky Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra,
He also acts as expert and advisor to individuals and institutions in handling their instrument investments.
Since 1998, Steven has been instrumental in J & A Beare reaching major milestones, significant not just for the firm, but also within the industry. He has always been a strong advocate of philanthropy and education for the advancement of the arts. In 2011 he founded the Beare’s International Violin Society to support both established and young artists in developing their careers. To date it has facilitated over 160 instrument loans and recipients include Janine Jansen, (see photo), Vilde Frang, Vadim Repin, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrández, Quatour Ébène and the Dover Quartet.