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Name: Gregory Michael Smith
Skills: Accompanist, Composer, Soloist, Teacher (Composer, pianist)
Phone: 0408293286
Address: NSW 2299, Australia
Links: Website     E-mail
Gregory Smith is a composer, pianist, organist, conductor, researcher, and teacher. Prior to his tertiary education, his mother, Naomi Smith, taught Gregory piano. In 1997, he commenced tertiary studies at the University of Newcastle - studying piano with Carmel Lutton, and composition with Colin Speirs and Nigel Butterly. During that time, he was awarded the Undergraduate Scholarship for Oustanding Entrants, the Friends of the Conservatorium Prize, and the Newton-John Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Entrants. He completed his Bachelor of Music with honours Class I with a University Medal in 2000.

Between 2001-3, being awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award, Gregory undertook a Master of Creative Arts degree studying performance practice issues in Russian piano music. And has since undertaken research into the music of Nicholas Medtner. Gregory has presented several papers on the music of Medtner, including the Australian Musicological Society in Sydney in 2005, and the combined Australian and New Zealand Society Conference in Wellington in 2003.

Gregory is a freelance composer and accompanist. As a soloist he has played in Malaysia as part of the University of Newcastle's overseas graduation ceremonies, and Japan, as part of the Newcastle-Ube Sister City 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2000. In July 2001, he was a participant in the London Master classes, run by Norma Fisher.

As a teacher, Gregory taught tertiary academic studies at the University of Newcastle's Conservatorium from 2000-2005, and Avondale College in 2006. In 2005, he designed a musical aural and notation skills course using popular music for the Hunter Institute TAFE in 2005. He is currently developing an online musical education system - Emotemuse. Gregory's compositional style is diverse. In addition to instrumental works, Gregory has composed works from sacred settings to musicals including The Dreamer and the Drifter in 2005 (script by Susanne Daoud).



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