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

Violinist Gillian Smith released her debut solo album, Into the Stone, on the Leaf Music label in 2019.  This album, which features works for solo violin by Kati Agócs, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Veronika Krausas, Chantale Laplante, and Ana Sokolović, was nominated for the 2020 Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA).  A track from the album, Inside the Stone by Veronika Krausas, was selected by Spotify as a Classical New Release pick in September 2019.  Gillian can also be heard on Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars, an album featuring chamber music works by Carmen Braden, which was also nominated for 2020 Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association, as well as on the album In Sonorous Falling Tones, which features works by Derek Charke.  This album was released on the Centrediscs label and was nominated for 2018 Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association.

Gillian Smith is thrilled to announce a new project, which features five new works for solo violin being written by five Canadian composers: Carmen Braden, Amy Brandon, Derek Charke, Corie Rose Soumah, and Patrick Wu.  She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council logo (colour)


Gillian Smith teaches violin lessons at her home studio to students at all levels (beginning to advanced, ages 6-17) in Bedford, NS, both privately and through the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, NS.  A dedicated teacher, she brings enthusiam and positivity to her teaching.

Her students have won top prizes in local and national competitions, including the first prizes in the Canadian Music Competition and the FCMF National Music Festival , and have been awarded the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Gold Medal.

Gillian’s student Jinqi Hu is a recent recipient of the first prize in the Developing Artist category (strings) at the 2022 FCMF National Music Festival.  Congratulations to Jinqi!

She is currently accepting new students at all levels (beginning to advanced).

Please contact Gillian via the contact form on this website or at

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Teaching- Gillian Smith Violin Studio