Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Conductor, trumpet player, cellist and educator Paul Smith has worked with some of the leading ensembles and companies, ranging from new music ensemble Aårk to Opera Australia. He has conducted numerous Australian and world premieres including works by Grisey, Bresnick, George Benjamin John Peterson.
A student of Australian conductor, composer and violinist Wilfred Lehman, Paul holds a Masters degree from the Sydney Conservatorium where his teachers included Matts Nilson Henryk Pisarek, Myer Fredman and John Hopkins. Internationally Paul studied under the renowned conducting teachers Jorma Panula and Gustav Meier, participated in masterclasses with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
His musical life began with the euphonium in his high school band at age 11 and soon switched to trumpet. This led to many years exploring the diversity of trumpet repertoire from chamber ensemble, through big bands to pit and symphony orchestra repertoire, an exploration that ultimately led to him studying with the New Zealand cornet virtuoso Ken Smith. Paul has played in many brass and concert bands including a period as solo horn with Willoughby Brass from 1996-2001.
After a number of years working with orchestras Paul adopted the recommendation of many of his orchestral colleagues to take up a string instrument in order to better refine his understanding of the orchestra, and to ensure a sound pedagogical foundation for young students. Early studies in string technique with the virtuosic Lehmann laid a solid conceptual foundation which Paul has since furthered through practical study of the cello with Georg Mertens. Paul continues to heed the advice of Leonard Rose for cellists to learn from their violinist colleagues, recently attending seminars and masterclasses with leaders in the world of string pedagogy and performance such as Goetz Richter, Caron Chan and Andrew Haveron.
In demand as an educator Paul has worked with Sydney and Western Sydney Youth Orchestras, and as artistic director of Macquarie University Symphony Orchestra. He was instrumental in the establishment of the successful youth program at Holroyd brass where he was musical director from 1993-1995. His ongoing engagement with community music includes conducting numerous orchestras, bands and choirs from Hobart to Berlin.