Gillian Smith - Violin


Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Master of Music 

University of Minnesota
Doctor of Musical Arts



Gillian Smith holds degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Master of Music), and the University of Minnesota (Doctor of Musical Arts). Her principal teachers have included the well-known violinists Camilla Wicks, Jorja Fleezanis, Peter Salaff, and Philippe Djokic.

A dedicated teacher with over 20 years of experience, Gillian brings enthusiasm and positivity to her teaching. Her students have won top prizes and awards in local, regional, and national competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition and the FCMF National Music Festival,
as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Gold Medal.

Gillian 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 released her debut solo album, Into the Stone, on the Leaf Music label in 2019. This album features works for solo violin by Kati Agócs, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Veronika Krausas, Chantale Laplante, and Ana Sokolović. Into the Stone was nominated for the 2020 Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). David Olds of The WholeNote magazine called Into the Stone “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”. 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 has recorded two CDs with members of the Acadia New Music Society on the Centrediscs label: Live Wired, which features the music of Derek Charke, Jérôme Blais, and
Anthony Genge, 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 Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars, “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.

Gillian is excited to release her second album of music for solo violin, featuring five new works commissioned from Canadian composers Carmen Braden, Amy Brandon, Derek Charke, Corie
Rose Soumah, and Patrick Wu, on the Leaf Music label in November 2023.
Gillian’s solo and chamber music recordings have been broadcast on radio on stations across Canada and in the U.S. and the U.K.

To learn more about Gillian, violin lessons in Halifax, or about our programming in general don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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