Interview: Adelaide Pianist Gabriella Smart

Adelaide pianist and new music advocate Gabriella Smart performs works from her commissioned series Of Broken Tree and Elephant Ivories in Perth, 29 June. Gabriella will present two works, including a large scale work by Erkki Veltheim, Two New Proposals for an Overland Telegraph Line from Port Darwin to Port Augusta, from the Perspective of Alice Springs. Written for Gabriella, the work is for detuned colonial piano and electronics. Accompanying this work will be Cat Hope’s experimental piece Kaps Freed for piano and electronics, inspired by Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake.

MLIVE spoke to Gabriella ahead of her concert at Monash University, watch the full interview to get an insight into what inspired her recital, and how she first became introduced to the history of the colonial piano in Australia.