Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith was born in Wales and whilst still at school he studied part-time at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He later read music at the University of Oxford, and went on to complete a Masters degree at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kyiv, Ukraine, graduating with a Distinction in Piano Performance.

During his studies he was awarded numerous awards and scholarships to participate in master classes both in the UK and overseas, and also won prizes at International Piano Competitions.  

Jamie has worked as a lecturer and pianist internationally, performing as a soloist and chamber musician in many concert halls worldwide.  He has worked at the Ufa State Academy of Arts in Russia and also taught classes in piano performance at Zhanjiang Normal University in China.  He has lectured at the Sultan Idris Education University in Malaysia and held the post of ABRSM Malaysia National Coordinator from 2011-2013.

Jamie has already worked as a visiting music teacher at King's College School, Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University and was Head of Keyboard at St Albans High School for Girls.  He continues to work as a teacher, accompanist and examiner in Cambridge. 

He has been an examiner for ABRSM since 2011 and has conducted tours in the UK, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.  He has also presented for ABRSM and was a mentor on the Professional Development Panel.

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The firm of Kirkman piano makers was founded in 1730, according to the Pierce Piano Atlas. However, Kirkman inherited the business from Tabel's wife, whom he married one month after Tabel's death. Tabel was a harpsichord maker who trained with Ruckers. He came to London in 1680 and set up making harpsichords. Abraham Kirkman, who was born in 1710 inBischweiler near Strasbourg, came to work for Tabel. In 1742 hemoved to Great Pulteney Street. These are some later dates and locations for him:
(1817) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to Her Majesty and H.R.H. The PrinceRegent)
(1818-1832) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to His Majesty) 19 Broad Street,Golden Square
(1822-1896) Kirkman, Joseph (Junior) 67 Frith Street, Soho
(1831) 3 Soho Square
(1846) 9 Dean Street
(1848) DuLour's Place, Golden Square
(1864) 21 Broad Street, Golden Square
(1894) 12A George Street, Hanover Square
They had associates with Collard who were based at 50 Bond Street,London, the same as Chappell. There is a fine example of a Kirkmanharpsichord at the Colt Clavier private collection. In 1896Georgiana Kirkman sold the business to Collard's at cost.