Joseph Robert Smith

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  • "Joe, I was always in awe of your talent and quiet..."
    - Thom Pernice
  • "What a shock and sorrow to read of this. Joe and I go back..."
    - Saul Lilienstein
  • "Joe had an incisive wit, sly humor, an immense compendium..."
    - Dori Di Palma
  • "From what I read about him, II wish that I had met him. ..."
    - Bobbe Anderson
  • "Joe's first recital, at Carnegie Recital Hall, 1974."
    - Daniel Smith
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1948 - 2015
Joseph Smith, pianist, vocal coach, music teacher, writer, and lecturer, died early on March 23nd, 2015. His death came as a sudden interruption of vigorous life. He is survived by his many colleagues and students who loved him for himself and for his musical insights, and by his loving brother Daniel. He was born on July 4th, 1948, the son of Robert Paul Smith and Elinor Goulding Smith.

He reveled in rediscovering piano works of real musical value that had fallen unjustly into obscurity, and bringing them to public attention. He had professional interests in the composers Field, Weber, Griffes, and Grieg, and a special devotion to the work of Percy Grainger and Robert Schumann.

Joseph Smith's website, http://www.josephsmithpianist.com will remain online through the end of 2015. Information on any memorial events will be posted there when details are known. Some of his videos can be found by searching YouTube for "joseph smith steinway1901."

In keeping with his wishes there will be no traditional funeral. His colleagues and friends expect to host a memorial event at Montclair State College in New Jersey, where he had been teaching for many years.
Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2015