Gillian Smith enjoys a varied performance career and has appeared as in recital and as a chamber musician and soloist across North America.  She has collaborated in chamber music performances with members of the Acadia University School of Music, the Dalhousie Department of Music, the Yale School of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, the Indiana University School of Music, and the University of Minnesota.  She can be heard on a CD recorded with members of the Acadia New Music Society, Live Wired, and has also recently recorded another CD with the Acadia New Music Society, In Sonorous Falling Tones, featuring compositions by Acadia University School of Music professor Derek Charke, which was released by the Canadian Music Centre in June 2017.  In Sonorous Falling Tones received an ECMA nomination for 2018 Classical Recording of the Year.  In May 2017, Gillian Smith performed in the world premiere of Rhizome, a trio for violin, piano, and bass clarinet by Nova Scotian composer Lucas Oickle, which was commissioned by the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in celebration of its 130th anniversary year.  She has performed as an orchestral musician in numerous concerts, recordings, and broadcasts with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

A passionate and committed teacher, Gillian Smith is instructor of violin and viola at the Acadia University School of Music. She also serves as Head of the Upper Strings department at the Maritime Conservatory, and teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at the Conservatory. She is a coach with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and has been a member of the summer faculty at the Acadia School of Music.

Gillian Smith received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Peter Salaff and Syoko Aki, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Camillla Wicks, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Jorja Fleezanis. She has also worked closely in summer studies with noted performers and pedagogues Kathleen Winkler and Roland and Almita Vamos.