About

Heather Thompson Smits sitting at a Piano

Heather Thompson Smits is an MTNA Nationally Certified Piano Teacher and a classically trained concert pianist.  She has extensive performing experience at venues like Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York and at The World Piano Conference in Serbia. She has also performed at many state and international music conventions as a featured artist.

Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. She is passionate about teaching piano and has maintained a full piano studio since 1992.  Her main focus is classical training but she inspires her piano students with the latest technology and popular music. Many of her students have won local piano competitions, received superior ratings in the California Certificate of Merit evaluation program, and have been chosen to perform in county honors and winner’s recitals.  Heather serves as a board chair in the Santa Cruz Branch of MTAC.

Heather was classically trained by her mother, Steinway Artist, Professor Lenora Ford Brown. Together, they perform as the mother-daughter team, BRILLANTE Piano Duo. They won first place in the 2017 United States Classical International Piano Competition and performed in the Winners Concert at Carnegie Hall Nov 2017. They were featured artists at the 2017 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Convention in Colorado, the 2018 World Piano Convention in Serbia, the 2021 Music Teachers’ Association of California Convention, and the 2021 Utah Music Teachers’ Association Convention. To learn more about BRILLANTE Piano Duo and their piano arrangements, sheet music & piano lesson courses, visit brillantepianoduo.com

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Heather Thompson Smits sitting at a Piano