Dominic Piers Smith Pianist
News and Events



16-18 May - Milan - Piano City
6 September - Stuttgart, Germany - European Music Festival Stuttgart
16 November - Oxford University - Green-Templeton Prom


17 March - Le Mans, France - Museum of historic race cars
21 April - Versailles, Paris - Affinités autour d’un piano
9 May - Hagley Hall - Bromsgrove School Foundation Annual Dinner
11-13 May - Milan - Piano City
27 July - Le Pouliguen, France
16 November - Trifolion, Luxembourg - Echternach Festival


15-18 March - Paris International Piano Competition
11 May - Palais Brongniart, Paris - Musicora
12-13 May - Milan - Piano City
7 June - Théâtre de Chatelet, Paris - Pianestival
6 July - Reims, France - Flâneries Musicales
3 August - Pentlevoy, near Tours - Abbaye de Pentlevoy Festival
18 August - Palau, Sardinia - Palau Festival of Culture
29 September - Deddington, Oxon - Deddington Music Festival
8 October - London - Open Piano Competition
16 October - Sorbonne University - Ravel 2nd Piano Concerto
18 November - Oxford University - Green-Templeton Prom
3 December - Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milan


18/03/2012 - Paris International Piano Competition
Dominic Piers Smith took every prize in the oldest and most prestigious of the amateur piano competitions, with a lyrical combination of Prokofiev, Liszt and Granados. His performances prompted numerous invitations to perform throughout Europe, including a performance of Ravel's 2nd piano concerto.

4/07/2011 - Concerto Premiere - Nick Planas
Inspired by Dominic's playing, Nick Planas finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a piano concerto, specifically for Dominic Piers Smith to premiere, in the town where they both work. Conducted by Stuart Hubble, the premiere was a resounding success followed by a complete standing ovation

17/10/2010 - Concerto 'Double-Bill' in Malcolm Arnold Festival
Following the success of Dominic's partnership with conductor John Gibbons earlier this year, Dominic was invited to return for a specially-themed 'Stage & Screen' programme at this year's Malcolm Arnold Festival, in which he gave a rare and exciting performance of Malcolm Arnold's Ballade for Piano and Orchestra for the film 'Stolen Face'. Among a programme of works by Walton, Alwyn and Arnold presented by Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Dominic returned in the second half for a dazzling interpretation of Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto, a work for which he is in increasing demand.

24/07/2010 - Classics and Steam
In a highly unusual programme staged with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the dynamic John Gibbons and in the unlikely venue of Buckinghamshire's Quainton Railway Centre, Dominic brought the platform down this evening after finishing the concert with a heartfelt rendition of the work which the film 'Brief Encounter' has become renowned, Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto.

04/07/2010 - Shostakovich Debut
In an aptly-themed concert exploring the topic of freedom and independence, Dominic made his Shostakovich debut this evening, with the 2nd Piano Concerto, under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Hilary Davan Wetton. The performance was heralded as sensational, and was also a first with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra. The concerto, written for his son, Maxim, to prevent him from escaping the practice of scales, followed an exciting opener of Sibelius' Finlandia, leaving way for a thrilling performance of Dvorak's New World Symphony

14/05/2010 - Interview for Kemble Pianos
Dominic gave an interview with Kemble Pianos to speak about his views on Chopin, complimenting the You Tube competition to find the best amateur performer of the composer's work to mark his bicentenary. See what he had to say here, along with an interview with Christopher Elton, his tutor from the Royal Academy of Music

18/10/2009 - Jenson Button and Brawn GP are World Champions!
For the first time in the history of the sport, Jenson Button and Brawn GP took both the Formula One drivers' and constructors' world championships in Interlagos, Brazil today in the team's first year, allowing Dominic Piers Smith to celebrate a year when 2 lifelong dreams were fulfilled - to design a championship winning Formula One car, and also to play Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto in the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra!

08/07/2009 - Dominic Records on Yamaha's Avant Grand for Classic FM Magazine
Dominic plays Debussy's Clair de Lune for a free covermount CD in the August edition of Classic FM magazine, giving us the first taste of Yamaha's brand new hybrid piano on record. Hear the audio here!

07/07/2009 - Guest Appearance on BBC Oxford Radio
Dominic chatted to Jo Thoenes on BBC Oxford Radio this afternoon about how he manages to squeeze in two parallel careers at such a high level

07/06/2009 - Consecutive wins 3, 4, 5 and 6 for Button after only 7 Races!
Jenson Button made history again today in Istanbul after winning his fourth consecutive Formula One race, equalling the achievements of only Jim Clark and Michael Schumacher.

23/04/2009 - Dominic showcases Yamaha's Avant Grand
Dominic Piers Smith demonstrated the amazing versatility of Yamaha's hybrid piano, the 'Avant Grand' in London today, performing alongside Britain's foremost jazz pianist, Julian Joseph. Dominic's performances drew the attention of Sky News, who drew comparison between his Formula One and musical careers in this unusual meeting of Engineering and The Arts - click here

05/04/2009 - Button takes 2nd straight win in Malaysia
The 2nd race of the 2009 Formula Ones season provided another triumph for Button, who shrugged off a poor start that dropped him from first to fourth by charging back into the lead by the time the stops were complete. He pulled away further when it rained, successfully rebuffed Glock's challenge, and emerged with his second straight victory.

29/03/2009 - Brawn GP wins historic 1-2 in Australian Grand Prix
Jenson Button secured a dream debut victory for the Brawn GP team, where Dominic Piers Smith leads an aerodynamic development group, after dominating the Australian Grand Prix. Button led throughout and team-mate Rubens Barrichello completed a Brawn one-two after a dramatic finish. All eyes were on Brawn after the chequered flag, with the success of the former Honda team - whose survival was only secured by team boss Ross Brawn in early March - firmly capturing the imagination of the sport as it enters a fresh era under new rules.

14/02/2009 - Dominic's Valentine's Day Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Having been recognised as the most outstanding amateur classical piano talent in the UK as winner of the 'The Pianists' Competition for Outstanding Amateurs presented by Yamaha and Pianist Magazine, Dominic Piers Smith stepped on to the professional stage of London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre on Valentine’s Night to enthrall a capacity audience of discerning classical music lovers to a sensational performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the world-class London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Presented by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Raymond Gubbay in association with Yamaha, the dynamic and expressive performance by this remarkable young pianist drew a standing ovation and rapturous applause from the sell-out audience who deservedly took the 33-year-old Formula 1 aerodynamicist to their hearts on such a romantic occasion as Valentine’s Night.

14/02/2009 - Dominic Releases Debut Recording at Royal Festival Hall
Valentine's Night 2009 also saw the official release of 'The Power of Dreaming' - Dominic Piers Smith’s debut solo recordings. The double CD, which was launched exclusively at the Royal Festival Hall to coincide with Dominic’s performance of the Rachmaninov, is recorded on the very same Yamaha concert grand piano, and focuses on the lives and works of two of the greatest magicians in the history of keyboard music – Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. A brainchild combining Formula 1 design flair with musical virtuosity, Dominic’s passion and energy has attracted support and collaboration from both Yamaha Music and Brawn GP(formerly Honda Racing Formula One Team).