Cahill Smith sitting at a piano wearing a tuxedo

Dr. Cahill Smith, Piano Ensemble Instructor

DMA, Eastman School of Music (Piano Performance and Literature)
MM, University of Michigan (Piano Performance)
BA, University of Alabama (Music)


Pianist Cahill Smith has performed in major venues in the United States and abroad, including four programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Royal Dublin Society’s Concert Hall, Buffalo’s Kleinhan’s Music Hall, and Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center. Cahill has performed in eleven (11) cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou, Chongqing, Zhuhai, Wuhan, Donying, Qingdao, Xiamen, Hohhot, and Lanzhou), three cities in Taiwan (Taipei, Taichung, Taitung), Kiev, Ukraine, as well as London and Dublin. He has been featured as a concerto soloist with the National Ukranian Symphony Orchestra in Kiev, the Mongolian Symphony Orchestra in Hohhot, China, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Butler Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and others. His live and studio recordings have been broadcast on WQXR, New York’s Classical Music Radio Station, WCRB, Classical Radio Boston, and WSMC, Chattanooga Public Radio. Cahill’s video and audio recordings have received over 570,000 total plays across streaming platforms. Cahill is a Yamaha Artist.

Cahill gave his first recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2013 with a program dedicated entirely to works of Nikolai Medtner. Two years later, in a review of his 2015 solo recital in the same venue, New York Concert Review wrote, “The entire second half was devoted to a special “cause” of Mr. Smith: the piano music of Nikolai Medtner […]. Here, Mr. Smith was in his element, revealing every twist and turn, every poignant repeat of the cyclic themes, with beautiful shimmering colors I haven’t heard since Gilels played the Sonata reminiscenza in Carnegie Hall in 1980.” Cahill has given recitals and lectures on Medtner’s music at Yale University, the International Medtner Festival in London, and others. In January of 2019, his debut album “Medtner: Forgotten Melodies” was featured as Classical Radio Boston’s “CD of the Week” for its “irresistible lyricism” and “a palpable sense of love – a real affinity for the directness and honesty in Medtner’s music, which goes straight to the heart.” Marc-André Hamelin, who reviewed the CD, also wrote: “It gives me great pleasure to endorse Cahill Smith as a sensitive, dedicated, and perceptive interpreter of the music of Nikolai Medtner. Unlike Rachmaninoff for instance (to whom he is often compared), Medtner rarely makes a strong first impression in careless hands, so he requires someone who will bring out the lyricism of the music to the fore, which necessitates a great deal of insight and care. Upon listening to Cahill’s disc, I found myself thinking repeatedly that his would be the kind of recording that offers the best chance for listeners to be taken into Medtner’s fascinating world from the very first hearing. It’s a remarkable accomplishment!”

Cahill serves as Director of Graduate Studies in Music at USU, Artistic Director of the Wassermann Piano Series, the Chamber Music Society of Logan, the USU Summer Piano Festival and Teacher Training Workshop, the Lee University International Piano Festival, and served on the executive board of Tennessee Music Teachers Association. Cahill serves as faculty advisor for USU’s nationally-recognized Youth Conservatory (YC), a lab school designed to give piano majors hands-on professional training in individual and group lessons to pre-college students ages 4-18. He also serves as an advisor for the MTNA Collegiate Chapter at USU, which won the “National Collegiate Chapter of the Year” from MTNA in 2022.

Cahill completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as the teaching assistant to Natalya Antonova. At Eastman, Cahill was the inaugural recipient of the Douglas Lowry award for excellence in degree recital performance, won the Eastman Concerto Competition, received honors in chamber music, and was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Cahill completed his Master’s degree at the University of Michigan with Arthur Greene, and his Bachelor’s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Yakov Kasman. Cahill previously served as Keyboard Area Coordinator and Artistic Director of the International Piano Festival and Competition at Lee University. He joined the faculty of Utah State University in 2019, where he has received awards for “Teacher of the Year” (2023) “Undergraduate Mentor of the Year” (2022) and “Graduate Mentor of the Year” (2022). At USU, Cahill teaches piano performance, pedagogy, keyboard skills, and special topics.