Gary Smart

Gary Smart's career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist and teacher. A true American pluralist, Dr. Smart composes and improvises a music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, and world musics, as well as the Western classical tradition. His work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Music Educator's National Conference, the Music Teacher's National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Smart's music has been performed in major venues in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Europe and Asia. Dr. Smart has spent two residencies in Japan, teaching in programs at Osaka University and Kobe College. He has also taught in Indonesia as a “Distinguished Lecturer” under the auspices of the Fulbright program. Several CD's of his music are available on Albany Records. Gary Smart is currently a “Presidential Professor of Music” at the University of North Florida.

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