Into the Stone Gillian Smith
- Alice Ping Yee Ho (b. 1960): Caprice (Version for Solo Violin):
- 1Caprice (Version for Solo Violin)05:39
- Ana Sokolovic (b. 1968): 5 Danze per violino solo:
- 25 Danze per violino solo: No. 1, —04:01
- 35 Danze per violino solo: No. 2, —06:03
- 45 Danze per violino solo: No. 3, —03:34
- 55 Danze per violino solo: No. 4, —03:12
- 65 Danze per violino solo: No. 5, —04:58
- Veronika Krausas (b. 1963): Inside the Stone (Version for Solo Violin):
- 7Inside the Stone (Version for Solo Violin)06:25
- Kati Agócs (b. 1975): Versprechen (Version for Solo Violin):
- 8Versprechen (Version for Solo Violin)08:09
- Chantale Laplante (b. 1956): Le ciel doit être proche:
- 9Le ciel doit être proche07:10
Info for Into the Stone
This new album features premiere recordings of contemporary works for solo violin composed by Canadian women and performed by Nova Scotia violinist Dr. Gillian Smith. Works include ""Cinque Danze per Violino Solo"" by JUNO award winning composer Ana Sokolovic, ""Versprechen"" by Kati Agocs (now a composition professor at New England Conservatory) and ""Inside the Stone"" from Canadian-Australian composer Veronika Krausas. Recorded at the beautiful stone sanctuary at First Baptist Church Halifax, these recordings show the intense, passionate and imaginative works of Canadian women composers for solo violin, very few of which have been previously recorded.
Gillian Smith, violin
A dynamic and intuitive performer, Gillian Smith enjoys a varied and exciting performance career as a violinist. Deeply committed to performing music by contemporary composers, she 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 East Coast Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year in 2018. She can also be heard on a recording of the chamber music of Carmen Braden that will be released in November 2019.
Gillian Smith has appeared at such series and festivals as the Acadia Performing Arts Series, the East Coast Music Awards, Inner Space Concerts, the Music Room Chamber Players, Open Waters Festival, Shattering the Silence Festival, and Sunday Music in the Garden Room. She has also performed and recorded as an orchestral musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia.
A dedicated teacher, Gillian Smith serves as instructor of violin and viola at the Acadia University School of Music and as head of the upper strings department at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Her students have won top prizes and awards in regional and national competitions.
Gillian Smith holds degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.Mus.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.Mus.), and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A). Her teachers have included Jorja Fleezanis, Camilla Wicks, Peter Salaff, and Philippe Djokic.