Leo Smit


Leo Smit was born in Pennsylvania on January 12th, 1921 and is the Composer. At the age of 78, Leo Smit biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 12, 1921
United States
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Death Date
Dec 12, 1999 (age 78)
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Composer, Conductor, Musicologist, Photographer, Pianist
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Leo Smit Life

Leo Smit (Dutch composer) Leo Smit (January 12, 1921 – December 12, 1999) was an American composer and pianist.


Leo Smit was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he was a fan of the Philadelphia Ballet. His mother took him to the Soviet Union, where he worked with composer Dmitri Kabalevsky as a child. He continued to study piano in New York with Isabella Vengerova and José Iturbi, as well as composition with Nicolas Nabokov. Igor Stravinsky was inexorably involved as George Balanchine's rehearsal pianist.

He gave thematic recitals, sometimes illustrated with his own slides, and performed a considerable amount of new music, especially works by Aaron Copland. He made his first appearance as a composer in 1957, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed his First Symphony. He travelled to Los Angeles to teach at the University of California in the previous year. He began teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1962. He wrote two operas: The Alchemy of Love (1969), in collaboration with British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, with whom he also worked on an oratorio about Copernicus; and Magic Water (1978). Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 100 songs to texts later in his life.

He was also a good photographer, photographing a number of famous musicians. He died in Encinitas, California, at the age of 78, of congestive heart disease.


Leo Smit Awards


  • 1950 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1973 Rome Prize