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Ben Smith

Described as a “thoughtful and immensely exciting performer” with “scintillating technique” (Barrie
Examiner), pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Canada, the
United States, and Mexico. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Virginia
Waring International Piano Competition, and the CMC Stepping Stone Competition. Guest appearances
include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Las Vegas Young Artists
Orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic, Orchestra London, the Burlington Symphony, and the Hart House
Orchestra. As soloist, his repertoire includes several rarities, such as the Schoenberg and Schnittke piano
concertos. Festival performances include repeat appearances at Toronto Summer Music, Music Niagara,
and New Park (Ithaca, NY). American performances include recitals for the Texas Chopin Society and
Chicago’s Landowska Harpsichord Society. Recent seasons have seen two concerts in Carnegie Hall:
once as soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Hart House Orchestra, and previously in recital
with Canadian cellist Dongkyun An. A disc with Mr. An of Saint-Saens, Schumann, and Beethoven is
currently available on most streaming platforms.

Devoting considerable time to chamber music, Ben has been heard nationally on CBC Music, as well as
radio broadcasts in the UK. He has partnered in recital with a myriad of renowned artists, as well as with
ensembles such as the Penderecki, Cecilia, Annex, and Tokai string quartets. For two seasons he
performed as one-third of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn piano trio, and has recently been playing as a
member of the Andromeda piano trio.

Dr. Smith currently serves on the faculties of both the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Taylor Young
Artist Academy at the Royal Conservatory. His principal teachers have included Andrea Battista, James
Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he
holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters
from Juilliard.

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