PI­ANO TEACHER KEY TO CA­REER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORK PLACE -

THERE may not have been much mu­sic go­ing on in Ayr­shire on the west coast of Scot­land as Ste­wart Smith grew up, but the best pi­ano teacher in town, who also dou­bled as the lo­cal or­gan­ist, has proved a life­long in­flu­ence.

“I went to hear her play and loved how fan­tas­tic you could sound with an or­gan,” Smith said.

Smith be­gan his mu­si­cal ca­reer in Lon­don, fol­low­ing study at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic at Lon­don Univer­sity, be­fore what was meant to be a short visit to Perth turned into a per­ma­nent move.

He is now WAAPA’s as­so­ciate dean of mu­sic and has per­formed with WASO for the last 20 years, re­turn­ing for the or­ches­tra’s first con­cert of 2016 Or­gan Sym­phony where he will play Perth Con­cert Hall’s 3000-pipe or­gan.

The con­cert pro­gram, con­ducted by Ja­pan’s Kazuki Ya­mada on WASO de­but, will fea­ture soloist Ning Feng in Pa­ganini’s Vi­olin Con­certo No. 1 per­form­ing on his 1721 Stradi­vari vi­olin.

Tanya MacNaughton

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