B.A., University of Alabama-Birmingham
M.M., University of Michigan
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Assistant Professor of Music
Born and raised in rural Alabama, pianist Cahill Smith began playing at age 10. Six years later, he made his orchestral debut with a local orchestra. While completing the Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, he performed in two recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York City, N.Y.), as well as recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall (Boston, Mass.), Rice University (Houston, TX), and a lecture-recital at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.).
Smith has been featured as a concerto soloist with the National Ukranian Symphony Orchestra in Kiev, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, and others. His solo performances have taken him to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Royal Dublin Society’s concert hall, Kodak Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Hatch Halls at the Eastman School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival’s Harris Hall, Stamps Auditorium and the Britton Recital Hall in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall, and Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center.
Smith’s programming of works by little-known Russian composer Nikolai Medtner has attracted the attention of audiences and critics. The East Hampton Star said, “The unexpected gems of the afternoon were two of Nikolai Medtner’s Vergessene Weisen (‘Forgotten Melodies’), played by Cahill Smith. I was not familiar with these works, but in Mr. Smith’s hands they were absolutely endearing.”
Smith holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he served as the teaching assistant to Natalya Antonova. He was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society for his academic achievements and contributions to the musical community at Eastman. Smith held three graduate teaching assistantships at Eastman, and was awarded the 2011-2012 Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Smith completed the Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan with Arthur Greene, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Yakov Kasman. Other influential teachers include Ann Schein, the late Betty Sue Shepherd, Ronald Shinn, and Margaret Moore.
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