PIANO TEACHER KEY TO CAREER
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.