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Paul Henry SmithPaul works and lives at the intersection of music performance, digital technology and education. At the MIT Media Lab Paul perfected musical performances using computer-controlled Bösendorfer pianos and digital instruments. He was a founding faculty member of a startup conservatory in Boca Raton, creator of The Fauxharmonic Orchestra, and a founder of Sonation, a Harvard-incubated music tech startup. He has taught at Oberlin, Columbia and Brandeis.

Back in the Dot-Com era he founded Smith Renaud to create SaaS products to support innovative multisided platforms for the nation’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, website curators, marketing departments and publishing companies.

Paul also managed digital communications at Rockefeller University and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he translated biomedical and academic research into interactive stories for the general public.

At his most recent startup, Sonation, he bringing powerful and simple music performance experiences to people around the world. With Sonation’s apps, musicians are free to express themselves while technology listens and responds to them with recorded music synchronized to their playing in real time.

A graduate of Oberlin and Brandeis, Paul has studied composition and conducting since age 14. He studied privately with Lukas Foss, Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein (at Tanglewood), Markand Thakar and Sergiu Celibidache (at Curtis Institute and in Munich).


Simplification of complex information and systems. Product development. UX design. Marketing strategy.

Well-crafted, powerful musical performances of orchestral music rendered through technology; Orchestration; Conducting; Film score consulting (orchestration for film music composers)

Mr. Smith has an MFA in musicology from Brandeis University and a BA in composition and theory from Oberlin College. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.