Dominic Piers Smith Pianist
The story of Dominic Piers Smith is surely one of the most astonishing of any pianist in recent years……Musical Opinion

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Dominic Piers Smith has lead a double life for 20 years as concert pianist and Formula One aerodynamicist.

Dominic studied at Imperial College, London and RWTH, Aachen graduating with a first-class MEng degree in Aeronautics, and completing a research thesis with Ferrari involving a cutting-edge technology adopted by many of the Formula One teams in recent years. In 2000, Dominic’s first complete car design won the prestigious Indianapolis 500. A move to Formula One saw him join a team he has remained with ever since, as it evolved to become the Mercedes Grand Prix team. In 2013 Dominic became Principal Aerodynamicist at Mercedes, and was responsible for the first ‘hybrid-powered’ Formula One car, which went on to take the 2014 world championship (with Lewis Hamilton), and every subsequent championship thus far.

Dominic has a rare talent of being able to not only have had a successful career in Formula One, but also to have performed on some of the world’s greatest musical stages. Now, after 8 world championships and well over 100 Grand Prix wins, Dominic has decided to leave Formula One at the end of 2021 to focus more of his time on music and continue the passion that has always been his first love. During his school years Dominic studied in the junior department of Trinity College of Music, London, choosing to focus his formal qualifications on STEM subjects and languages. He nevertheless always planned to return to music full time at some point, and alongside aerodynamics he continued to develop his musical career to a point where in recent years he has played piano concertos by Ravel, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with amateur and professional orchestras, including the London Philharmonic. He has given solo recitals as far afield as Shanghai, Fort Worth Texas, Tangiers, Budapest, Milan and Paris, and is fortunate enough to study with renowned tutors Christopher Elton and Hilary Coates. Against his instinct he entered both amateur and professional piano competitions around the world, emerging as a finalist every time and as winner of the 2007 Yamaha Pianists and 2012 Paris International Piano competition for Outstanding Amateurs.

Whilst his principal instrument is the piano, Dominic also studied harpsichord, violin, oboe and bassoon during his time at Trinity College, London, and is currently Principal Cello with the Oxford Studio Orchestra, having learnt the instrument from scratch in 2014.

Dominic Piers Smith Pianist

Dominic Piers Smith Pianist

Dominic Piers Smith Pianist