Stephen Smith grew up in rural Nova Scotia, where he sang and played the piano from an early age. After initial studies in his home province in both piano and organ, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. While there, he participated in national and international competitions and won numerous awards and distinctions. Since 1990, Stephen has lived in Vancouver, obtaining his doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of British Columbia, and contributing to the musical life of the city as a performer, teacher, conductor, composer and arranger.
Central to Stephen’s career is his long-standing relationship with some of Vancouver’s finest choral groups. In addition to his work with Elektra (which he has accompanied since 2001), he is also resident accompanist of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus and director of their a cappella ensemble, Synergy; pianist for the Vancouver Bach Choir; and a frequent collaborator with Chor Leoni, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and many other ensembles. Stephen’s work as both accompanist and composer can be heard on dozens of CDs in commercial release, and his 1997 solo CD of classical piano miniatures, entitled Kaleidoscope, is currently available on iTunes.
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