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Greg Smith : Associate Artist

Music must first and foremost touch and heal the soul.

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Artist website: http://www.emotemuse.com

Gregory Smith was born in Newcastle in 1979. He learnt piano from his mother, Naomi Smith, until commencing undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 1997. There he studied piano with Carmel Lutton and composition with Colin Spiers and Nigel Butterley. During that time he was awarded the Undergraduate Scholarship for Outstanding Entrants, the Friends of the Conservatorium Prize, the Newton-John Memorial Music Prize, and the Frank Duncan Memorial Scholarship. He completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours (Class I) and a University Medal in 2000. Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2001, Smith subsequently undertook a Master of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, studying performance practice issues in Russian piano music, during which time he developed an interest in the music of Nicholas Medtner.

Smith taught at the University of Newcastle (2000-2005) and Avondale College (2006). In 2007 he founded Emotemuse Music Services which offers offers tuition and compositional services.

Gregory Smith's compositional style is diverse, including chamber music, sacred music, and music theatre. Sacred music forms a substantial part of his output in part due to his role as musical director of the Sacred Heart Cathedral from 2006-2012. In 2010, Smith's setting of 'The Lord is King' (Psalm 92) won the Fourth Annual Anthem Competition of the First Baptist Church of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Greg has written and performed silent film scores for Australia's Silent Festival. He has scored films in a variety of genres, from the comedies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, and documentary footage of the Battle of the Somme.

Greg Smith — current to June 2016