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Paul Henry Smith

Paul Henry Smith studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and with Sergiu Celibidache at the Curtis Institute of Music and in Munich. He has studied orchestration and composition with Richard Hoffmann, Lukas Foss and Steven Scott Smalley. His career is devoted to teaching musicians how to achieve greatness in performance and to promoting and improving digital musical instruments.

Since 2003 he has been perfecting his digital orchestra, accompanying soloists, performing live concerts and creating recordings for composers and filmmakers. Smith’s live performances, supported by Bang & Olufsen, include concerts at BargeMusic in New York with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and in and around Boston.

In the 1980s, as a visiting researcher at MIT’s Media Lab, Mr. Smith worked on early digital orchestra systems and one of the first computer-controlled Bösendorfer pianos created by Wayne Stahnke (The 290 SE). His high-quality orchestral performances are increasingly sought for film and television scores, as well as for insightful interpretations of concert music.

Mr. Smith has an MFA in musicology from Brandeis University and a BA in composition and theory from Oberlin College. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.