Two Atlantic Canadian artists joining forces to perform dynamic music for violin and piano
Gillian Smith, violin
Gillian Smith is a Canadian violinist whose album of music for solo violin by Canadian women, Into the Stone, was released on the Leaf Music label in 201. David Olds of The WholeNote magazine called the album “a stunning debut album by a rising star”, and La Scena Musicale wrote, “Gillian Smith demonstrates a great skill and mastery…magnificently appropriates Canadian repertoire”. Into the Stone was released in 2019 on the Leaf Music label and was nominated in 2020 for the ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year.
Gillian Smith’s solo and chamber music recordings have been broadcast on radio on stations across Canada and in the U.S. and the U.K, and she has appeared in recital and as a chamber musician at such series and festivals as the Acadia Performing Arts Series, the East Coast Music Awards, Inner Space Concerts, Musique Royale, the Music Room Chamber Players, Open Waters Festival, Shattering the Silence Festival, and Sunday Music in the Garden Room, and at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Gillian Smith has recorded two CDs with members of the Acadia New Music Society on the Centrediscs label: Live Wired, and In Sonorous Falling Tones, which features the music of Derek Charke and which was nominated for an ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year in 2018. She can also be heard on a recording of the chamber music of Carmen Braden, Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars, which was released on the Centrediscs label in September 2019. The American Record Guide wrote of this album, “exquisitely and
beautifully performed, this is a gem”. Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars was nominated for an ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year in 2020.
Jennifer King, piano
Pianist Jennifer King is known as an energetic, insightful and versatile musician who is at home as a collaborator, soloist and speaker on the concert stage. Her performances have been described as “…dramatic out of this world sonic listening featuring contrasting harmonic textures. King’s sensitive performances make for moving moonlight listening.” (The WholeNote) King creates “an introspective and meditative universe, both serene and lively. Contrasted both emotionally and aesthetically… soothes and brings warmth to the cold winter.” (Panm360) and “there are many moments when the music reaches heights of vitality. One can say that the album breathes renewal.” (La Scena Musicale)
In the past five years, Jennifer has been busy as a recording artist. Her latest album released January 2022, O
Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition is a follow up to her debut album of 2018, and is nominated for an ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year in 2023. O Mistress Moon was presented by Cecilia Concerts in Halifax, NS and nominated for Best Classical Album with East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia in 2019. Her recording of Doolittle; minute etudes (live) was also nominated for Classical Composition of the Year for ECMA’s 2021. With a busy career spanning almost three decades, she has established herself as a sought-after performer and recording artist in Atlantic Canada with features on CBC Radio 2 and ici-musique. Her recordings can be found on all streaming platforms through her website.
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