Collaborative piano

Certifications and degrees:
– 1996: Associate of Music, Australia (A. mus. A.) in piano performance
– 1998: Licentiate of Music, Australia (L. mus. A.) in piano performance
– 2001: Bachelor of Music, with honours, class I (University Medal).  University of Newcastle.  Double major in piano and composition.
– 2003: Master of Creative Arts, University of Music.  Performance practice issues in Russian piano music.


  • Performances as soliost and accompanist in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand.
  • Performed improvised and original scores for Australia’s Silent Film Festival.  Films include Nosferatu, The Lodger, The General, Tol’rable David, and shorts by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keating.
  • Collaborative pianist with artists ranging from beginners through to post-graduate university students and professional performers.  Worked with most instruments and familiar with a large portion of the repertoire.  Particular interest in the late romantic repertoire (such as Rachmaninoff’s cello sonata, Arensky’s piano trio, and the Brahms sonatas).  Collaborated with artists of the Christchurch Camerata, Central Coast Philharmonic Choirs, Newcastle Festival Opera and insitutions such as the University of Newcastle, School and Community Music, and the McDonald College.
  • Repetiteur: for various companies, including Newcastle Festival Opera.  Recent works include La Boheme (Puccini), Candide (Bernstein), The Gondeliers (Sullivan), and Threepenny Opera (Weil).
  • Recorded accompaniment/background tracks for various artists ranging from musicians to theatre groups.

Solo & collaborative piano services:
– Solo performance
– Accompaniment & ensemble performance
– Repetiteur services
– Recording
– Tuition
– Piano method

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One Week
Title: One Week (silent film soundtrack) Composer: Greg Smith Performer: Greg Smith Instrumentation: Piano Product medium: MP3 score (22:24) BACKGROUND: Film: Directors: Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton Starring: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely Date of release: 1920 Synopsis: A newly wed couple receive a generous gift of a house of their own. There’s […]
The art of whistling
In mid-nineteenth century England, whistling was a common source of entertainment and as part of the general reception to a piece of music. An article in March 1854 in The Musical Times reported: We were sorry to hear the vile practice of whistling again carried on to some extent at the concert; were the well-meaning […]
Mozart on Clementi
“Now I need to say a word to my sister about the Clementi sonatas.  – Anyone who plays them can hear or feel that as compositions they aren’t very much. – There are no remarkable striking passages, except the sixth and the octaves; – and even those I am asking my sister not to spend […]
A man’s money
“Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything is always a portrait of himself and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.” Samuel Butler, The Way of the Flesh  (1903). Forgotten books, p. 60. Cited at Google […]
The artist’s soul
There is, behind the soul and the whole life of the artist, perhaps a suffering soul … The moment one day will come in which perhaps yourself – if you possess a soul as I wish to believe – you will be able to see through feeling without any explanation. – Dimitri Mitropoulos to Leonard […]
Vassily Primakov on the role of the arts
“[Art] certainly takes us some place unobtainable. We can go on to say that it enriches our lives – as it has my own. There are many classical musicians I’ve met who are, in my opinion, snobs. They are only involved in certain types of music, seeing nothing beyond ‘classical music’. I think this is […]
The musical memory
“Of course, almost anybody can memorize things, especially music. It’s like the ABCs and, for most, fun to do. I’ve taught music in middle school programs and have been surprised at the hefty repertoires of popular music that 12- to 16- year olds commit to memory. To boot, they knew when I made a mistake […]
Emerging from suffering
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran, Broken Wings
The art of pedalling
The one bee in my bonnet is over-pedalling, and I give my students a hard time about that. It’s the lack of being able to play a true legato with the fingers.  People rely on the pedal for that, and the pedal is not there for that.  The pedal is for putting the gloss on.  […]
Lord, Let Your Mercy Be On Us – Psalm 32 (33)
Title: Lord, let your mercy be on us Text: Psalm 32 (33): 4-5, 18-19, 20-22. R. v.22 Composer: Greg Smith Instrumentation: SATB and piano Product medium: PDF score and part Sample: