Based in London, Jordan is a composer, lyricist & playwright, as well as an award-winning music director and orchestrator. He was recently Assistant Musical Director for the West End revival of City of Angels (Garrick).
He is a prominent creative in the Off-West End, receiving high praise for his music direction of the actor-musician revival of Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre in 2016. Since then, Jordan has gone on to win two Off-West End awards and a BroadwayWorld UK Award, as well as being at the musical forefront of many significant UK and world premieres.
Jordan will be conducting Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Manchester Cathedral, in a new production by the National Youth Music Theatre.
Training: Royal Academy of Music (PGDipRAM), Sir Elton John Scholarship & Help Musicians UK. Alumni of the National Youth Music Theatre and The Hammond. Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM).
As Composer/Playwright: Jordan's song "Better Day" was featured as part of On Hope: A Digital Song Cycle; Left Behind: Women of the War, a song cycle (premiere at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Jordan is currently working on an adaptation of an award-winning British children’s novel.
As Musical Director: City of Angels (Garrick, Assistant Musical Director); the UK première of Dave Malloy's Preludes (Southwark Playhouse); Amour (Charing Cross - nominated, Off West End Award for Best Musical Director); the world première of The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clwyd - winner, BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Musical Direction; winner, Best Musical Production in the UK Theatre Awards); Ragtime (Charing Cross - winner, Off West End Award for Best Musical Direction & Best Musical Production); the UK première of Michael John LaChuisa’s Queen Of The Mist (Brockley Jack, transfer to Charing Cross - finalist, Off West End Award for Best Musical Director); NYMT’s Anything Goes, Some Lovers (Other Palace), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Through The Mill (Southwark Playhouse); Bring It On (Bird College); The Addams Family (Chichester University); Sweet Charity (Urdang Academy); Spring Awakening (British Theatre Academy); the UK première of Amour (Royal Academy Of Music - nominated, BroadwayWorld Award for Best Fringe/Regional Musical Direction); The Navigator (Industry Presentation, Phoenix Theatre); Next To Normal (Royal Academy Of Music); Desperate Measures (Jermyn Street); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Guildford School Of Acting); Grand Hotel, Once On This Island (Momentum Performing Arts Academy, UK & Malta Tour); Guest Conductor of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
As Orchestrator: Amour (Charing Cross/Royal Academy Of Music); Some Lovers (Other Palace); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Sweet Charity (Urdang Academy); Co-orchestrator for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
Film: Rocketman (Children’s Casting MD/Featured Cameo)
Recordings: Original London Cast Recording of Queen of the Mist (Musical Supervisor/Conductor); Make Them Hear You Charity video for StopWatch (Musical Director).
Jordan made his cabaret debut as part of the My Myra Series at Bishopsgate Institute, with his cabaret My Myra: Songs I Wish I Had Written. He is Artistic Director of Jord&Co. Productions.
“Musically, the work here is exceptional. Jordan Li-Smith plays the piano and conducts proceedings with a ferocity, an impassioned clarity, that reminds one of Leonard Bernstein. ”
— Live Theatre UK, on the acclaimed
2016 actor-musician off-west end
production of 'Ragtime'
"I have worked with Jordan several times, most notably as Musical Director on Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre. Ours was an actor musician production, which required all the players to be off book. Jordan memorised the entire score and played it beautifully, sometimes with each hand on a different piano and while being swung around the stage on moving platforms! It was a sight to behold. He’s also the nicest, most dedicated man one could ask to work with."
Producer & Casting Director
2010 - present
2010 - present
"I loved working with Jordan. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious, command and sheer knowledge a joy to share in. Plus he loves Judy Garland. Would work with him again in a heartbeat."
West End Director
"Jordan is an extraordinarily talented and brilliant MD, a superlative musician and generous collaborator. I loved working with him, and will do so again at every opportunity."
Director & former Artistic Director of Paines Plough
"Working with Jordan on The Assassination of Katie Hopkins was a real pleasure. It was my first experience handing over a large-scale work of my own to an MD and I felt in very safe hands; Jordan really understood the musical language of the (somewhat complex!) piece and was an invaluable part of its development and performance."