Gabriella SMArT piano


Pianist Gabriella Smart is a passionate exponent of contemporary music, and has given award-winning premieres of Australian compositions. She has performed widely throughout Australia, and internationally, promoting the works of Australian composers. As a concert pianist Gabriella has performed in the Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals, MONA MOFO, TURA (Perth) and in Europe and China. In 2010 she represented South Australia at the World Expo in Shanghai. Gabriella has given numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.  

Gabriella received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award in 2009. She is Artistic Director of Soundstream New Music, which received a Ruby Award for Best Event in 2009, and was recognized nationally in 2013 through the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation. In 2013 Soundstream was awarded the SA/NT Creative Partnerships SME Award for its partnership with sponsor Winston Music. Soundstream established the Emerging Composers’ Forum in 2012, a national Forum creating opportunities for emerging composers, supporting the creation, workshopping, performance and recording of their works with assistance of ABC Classic FM.

Photo: Marnie Hawson - NTSA

Photo: Marnie Hawson - NTSA


Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Maryanne Piper studied at Queensland and Sydney Conservatories of Music, and later in Holland and Switzerland with the assistance of several scholarships. Further studies followed in the USA and Germany. She has been the recipient of university awards for academic excellence, fellowships and prizes.

Since 2002, Piper has performed, presented, taught, recorded for radio broadcast, film and CD productions, and has participated in artist residencies across four continents. A versatile performer, she has shared the stage with Don Byron (Blue Note Records), members of Bang on a Can (New York City), symphony orchestras, improvising orchestras, as well as an array of theatre projects, bands and ensembles ranging from classical to avant-garde contemporary to jazz and world music. Her children's theatre project - Theater KEKSE was selected by NRW Kultursekretariat (NRW Cultural Council) as part of their 'Children's Theater of the Month' programme 2013.

Her music is the embodiment of an endless wanderlust, a predominate passion since childhood. For Piper, music is not only an expressive means, but rather a functioning life form to synthesize the world we live in, interpret its people and, more importantly, establish genuine connections within this reality. Today she stands somewhere between worlds, between continents, somewhere between jazz, classical and world genres, between composed and improvised music, discovering links between mankind and its sound world.