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Where are they now? - Where are they now? :: Benjamin Smith

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A native of Chatham, Ontario, pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and the United States. He is a laureate of numerous competitions including the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition. His solo appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, the Clairion Symphony, and the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra. In 2007, he was a featured soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in 2010 he performed the Schoenberg Piano Concerto under maestro Rossen Milanov. His festival appearances include Toronto Summer Music, Banff Summer Arts, Long Leaf Opera, and Colours of Music in Barrie. Recent highlights include recitals in Texas, Chicago, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as performing Saint-SaŽnsí Fourth Piano Concerto at Hart House. The upcoming season includes a recital with cellist Dongkyun An at Carnegie Hall, programs with former Tokyo String Quartet first violinist Martin Beaver, and multiple programs with the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn (ISA) Piano Trio, including the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Ontario Philharmonic.

Devoting considerable time to chamber music, Ben has been heard on CBCís In Concert and Classical 96.3 FM. He has partnered in concert with renowned artists Colin Carr, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Bonnie Hampton, William VerMeulen, James Markey, Jacques Israelievitch, Mark Fewer, Sonic Escape, the Annex String Quartet, and members of the Cecilia String Quartet. Heavily involved in contemporary music, Ben is a member of the Esprit Orchestra, and has worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers as well as composers John Corigliano, David Lidov, Reinaldo Moya, Bob Becker, and Chandler Carter.

Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Young Artist Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He taught at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario (2005-2006), and has also taught undergraduate piano at the Department of Music, Stony Brook University. His principal teachers were Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. His early music studies in Chatham included violin with Henry Janzen and harmony with Ron Kingham. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, Ben holds a Bachelorís degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masterís from The Juilliard School.
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