BIOGRAPHY

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A musician who has been praised as “a moving young poet” (Le Devoir), Spanish/Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit enjoys a growing international career on the orchestral, recital, and chamber music stages. Noted for his captivating performances, storytelling quality and nuanced musicality, the First Prize winner of the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions has appeared as a soloist with the San Diego, Montreal, Las Vegas, Manchester, and Barcelona symphony orchestras, amongst others.
 

Recital highlights have included his Carnegie Hall debut presented by The Naumburg Foundation, his Merkin Concert hall debut presented by Young Concert Artists, recitals at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton (the performance was streamed live globally), the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington DC, Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival, and return performances at the Steinway Society in San Jose. He has been in residence at France’s Festival de Musique de Wissembourg for seven years, a piano fellow at Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Tippet Rise Art Center, and has had his recital debut in Asia at Xiamen’s Banlam Grand Theater.
 

This season, Cano Smit performs with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle with Lorenzo Muti, and with the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic. In recital, he plays at the Bach Festival Montreal, Florida University of Performing Arts, the Krannert Center in Chicago, and is set to return to Merkin Hall in New York, among others. He will premiere Katherine Balch’s work with flutist Anthony Trionfo, an ongoing collaboration taking them to the Morgan Library, Alys Stephens Center, Kravis Center, Evergreen Museum & Library, and others. He also is set to continue touring with violinist William Hagen, with whom he has recorded the CD “Danse Russe”.
 

Next season, Cano Smit joins Ryan Bancroft to make his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s 4th Piano Concerto. He will perform with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Nicolas Ellis.
An advocate for new music, Cano Smit has premiered numerous solo works on his recital programs, commissioned for him by Stephen Hough, Miquel Oliu, and Katherine Balch. He has given four hand performances with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Wallis Annenberg Center Hall and Zipper Hall, taken part in the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York and the Bridgehampton Chamber Festival, and performed with such artists as Gary Hoffman, Andrej Bielow, Thomas Mesa, and Lev Sivkov. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such ensembles as the Ebene, Szymanowski, Casals, Cosmos, Gerhard, and Verona Quartets, and has released an album of Austrian viola music for Champs Hills with Emma Wernig.

 

Cano Smit was First Prize winner at the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition. Additional special prizes at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions include The Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize for support of his Kennedy Center debut, the Friends of Music Concert Prize (NY), and the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ).  Mr. Cano Smit is grateful for the support of the Robert Turnbull Foundation and the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.


 

Cano Smit is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2020 Rubinstein Prize for Piano. Early on, he studied music at Montserrat mountain’s Escolanía de Montserrat choir, where he sang as an alto. Later, he studied piano with Graham Caskie, Marta Karbownicka and Ory Shihor. He is an alum of the Verbier Festival Academy and holds a BA in Piano Performance from the Colburn School, as well as a MM from the Juilliard School. He currently resides in New York City.