David Clement-Smith BMus (Hons)
Piano and Jazz Piano
David studied piano under Clive Williamson and Sebastian Forbes at the University of Surrey, Guildford, where he honed his skills as both a versatile accompanist and soloist, graduating with the Robert Naylor prize for the most meritorious degree recital. He has since performed worldwide in a variety of different ensembles: function bands, a jazz trio, classical group "Sinfonia Viva," and a folk/rock band! He is also in demand as an arranger, with recent credits including hit musical 'Dreamboats and Petticoats' and the Neil Sedaka biopic 'Laughter in the Rain.'
David has been teaching at Thornbury for over eight years now. He likes to combine his classical training with his love of jazz, incorporating song writing, and improvisation into his lessons and actively encouraging as much ensemble playing as possible. David mostly teaches the advanced pupils at Thornbury Music (Grade 6 - 8's) and is an inspirational and very popular teacher for those pupils wishing to play classical or Jazz piano.
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