Pianist Benjamin Smith returns to Barrie next week with a program of music that includes Gabriel Faure and Camille Saint-Saens.
Smith made his professional orchestral debut with Orchestra London in 2005. The Chatham native holds degrees from the University of Toronto, The Juilliard School (master’s) and Stony Brook University (doctorate) as well as an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (GGS).
The award-winning pianist has recorded classical works ranging from Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Beethoven with Canadian cellist Dongkyun An to new commissioned chamber works featuring Native flutes with Toronto’s Grammy-nominated virtuoso Ron Korb.
Smith has appeared in recital with numerous well-known artists such as the Cecilia String Quartet. He was a member of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn piano trio and Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, performing with both for two seasons.
In addition, he has appeared in many festivals in Canada and the U.S. and has been a guest performer with several symphony orchestras. A recent highlight for Smith included playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, New York City and as well as multiple recitals with acclaimed violinist Martin Beaver (Tokyo String Quartet).
Smith, who currently lives in Toronto, works as a lecturer, coach, and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Taylor Young Artist Academy at the Royal Conservatory.
He performs at the Midday Music With Shigeru concert Wednesday, July 3 at Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N. at 12 noon. Admission is $10 for adults, free for students.
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