Paul Smith works at the intersection of music, technology, business and education. He and his team at Harvard Innovation Lab spin-out, Sonation, created “Cadenza,” an Apple “best new app” in 21 countries, where musicians feel like a star while performing live with AI-driven recordings. He recently consulted for Noteflight to develop a platform strategy for their online music notation product.
Paul managed digital communications at Rockefeller University and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he worked with Nobel-prize-winning scientists, and designers to translate biomedical, scientific and economic research into engaging interactive stories for the public.
At the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, he combined computing, music technology, advanced speaker systems and game-playing technology to create recordings and performances for composers, musicians, and filmmakers. He was the first to perform a complete Beethoven symphony live, using only digital instruments, and created popular classical tracks for the Harmonix video game “Rock Band.”
In the dot-com era, he founded MIT AI Lab spin-off Smith Renaud, Inc., where he served as CEO. He created SaaS products for the world’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, website publishers, marketing departments and media companies, including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the American Museum of Natural History, the Asia Society, Workman Publishing, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the City of New York.
Paul taught at Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Many of his former students hold positions at major conservatories, opera companies, and symphony orchestras.
He also taught digital business strategy at Columbia University.
He studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood at age 16 and was a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab, where he crafted musical performances with computer-controlled Bösendorfer pianos and other digital instruments.