Derek Smith began playing piano at age five but stopped in his early teens, only to pick up the piano again almost a decade later.
After almost a decade at the University of British Columbia Chemistry Department, he has moved on to being a chemist in Canada’s growing cannabis industry.
Derek currently studies piano in Vancouver with Dr. Corey Hamm. He participates in various music festivals in the Lower Mainland, often performing lesser known pieces such as those written for piano and boombox or pieces to be performed with only one hand.
His musical interests include Romantic and 20th & 21st century works, as well as a strong interest in repertoire written for left hand only. His favourite composers include Alkan, Busoni, Godowsky and Rachmaninov. Derek is also a member of Vancouver’s amateur piano group, Piano Cantabile.
When he isn’t playing piano, Derek can be found either on the ice enjoying a game of curling, or flying through the air skydiving.
Past Art Song Projects:
- The Winterreise Project 2015
- The Dichterliebe Project 2016
- The Schoene Muellerin Project 2017
- The Vaughan Williams Project 2018