Halifax, NS native Gillian Smith is an intuitive and versatile violinist and has collaborated in recordings and performances with some of Canada’s most outstanding musicians. She recently released her debut solo album, Into the Stone, featuring music for solo violin by Canadian composers Kati Agócs, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Veronika Krausas, Chantale Laplante, and Ana Sokolović, on the Leaf Music label in September 2019.
Into the Stone was recently nominated for the 2020 Classical Recording of the Year Award by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA).
The album has been received with critical acclaim:
“A stunning debut by a rising star” -The WholeNote, October 2019
“Gillian Smith demonstrates a great skill and mastery…magnificently appropriates Canadian repertoire” -La Scena Musicale, November 2019
Gillian Smith’s recording of Veronika Krausas’ piece Inside the Stone from the album Into the Stone was selected by Spotify as one of their Classical New Release picks in September 2019.
You can listen/buy Into the Stone here: http://bit.ly/2mJzGzs
Gillian Smith is also thrilled to have performed on a new album on the Centrediscs label featuring the chamber music of Canadian composer Carmen Braden, Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars. American Record Guide wrote of Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars, “exquisitely and beautifully performed, this is a gem”. This album has also been nominated for the 2020 Classical Recording of the Year Award by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA).
Gillian is also an active violin teacher with over 20 years’ teaching experience, and teaches at her home in Bedford, Nova Scotia, as well as at the Acadia University School of Music and through the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, NS. Her students have won top prizes in local and national competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition, and have been awarded the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Gold Medal. For more information, please visit the Teaching- Gillian Smith Violin Studio page on this website: https://gilliansmithviolin.com/violin-teaching-studio-2/