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KarenACCOMPANIST – KAREN SMITH

Karen Smith was born in London in 1970 and moved to Norfolk at the age of 9.  By this time she was able to ‘play’ piano, clarinet and guitar, although not to any great degree!  However, after gaining a performance diploma in piano, Karen studied under Martin Roscoe and then Kathryn Stott at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  Upon winning a competition in Spain she toured Europe & North America, being privileged enough to perform with artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martin Tilson Thomas, Andrew Levine, Peter Donahoe & Tasmin Little.
 
Sadly, personal circumstances cut short Karen’s professional career as she was on the verge of signing a recording contract with Deutsche Gramophone and there followed a long period where she was out of the musical world.  However, upon returning to Norfolk, Karen now enjoys playing for a variety of musical societies and opera companies, also accompanying singers & instrumentalists all over East Anglia.  She now teaches privately in Norfolk/Suffolk and is available for all kinds of musical adventures!

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