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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Alongside his day job designing world-champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes Formula One race car, Dominic Piers Smith's musical career continues to blossom. While he works on the design of next year's car, 2015 will also see him give debut performances in Poland and Morocco, along with a commercial demonstrating the incredible quality of Yamaha's latest generation of Clavinova digital pianos. In 2013 while working on the aerodynamics of the car which in 2014 proved to be the most successful design in the history of Formula One, Dominic performed in Versailles, Milan, Le Mans, La Baule, Paris and Luxembourg. In 2012, having won first prize, audience favourite and press jury prize in the Paris International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, he then had the honour of playing Ravel’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Paris with the Republican Guard, along with numerous further invitations throughout Europe.

In 2011 his musical highlights included the world premiere of a new concerto written for and dedicated to him by Nick Planas. He was also a finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, and gave recitals in Budapest and Berlin as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt.

In 2010 Dominic made his Shostakovich Concerto debut under the baton of Hilary Davan-Wetton, was featured in the BBC Music Magazine, and starred in a unique 'double concerto' role in the 2010 Malcolm Arnold Festival. In 2009 he received a standing ovation for his performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. In the same year his racecar design team brought Jenson Button and Brawn GP their maiden Formula One World Championship victories. 2008 saw Dominic record his debut CD ‘The Power of Dreaming’, and in 2007 he won first prize and audience favourite in the Yamaha International Pianists Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, a year after returning to the piano.

At 18 Dominic had agonised over the career path he would take before deciding to read Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London. He also studied in Aachen, Germany and Maranello, Italy where he worked with the Ferrari Formula One Team in his final year. After graduating, his first race car design won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in the USA in 2000.

Dominic returned to music as an amateur performer in 2006 after a 10-year break, commencing with the LRSM diploma in performance, having originally started piano lessons at 6 and violin at 8. He won several ‘junior’ music festivals and was awarded an ‘Exhibition’ to study at Trinity College of Music, London, until the end of his ‘A’ levels. He was asked to play a young Mozart in the Channel 4 series ‘Man and his Music’ and also became principal bassoonist in the Trinity College Symphony Orchestra. He began to be in demand as a piano soloist, accompanist and ensemble member, and has given solo performances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, Southwark Cathedral, Edinburgh Festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Budapest French Institute and Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, aswell as further performances of concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Dominic Piers Smith Pianist

Dominic Piers Smith Pianist

Dominic Piers Smith Pianist