An unabashed 11-year old Alex as laureate of the Liberace Play-a-Like Competition, a symptom of having been born and raised in Las Vegas.
Name: Alexandria Le
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
The Early Years
Started piano at: 2.5 years, according to Mother
Debut: Blue Danube (arr. Bastien), grade 1 at Winter Assembly
Recollection of first difficult piece: Skip To My Lou in Bastien, book 1
First memory of musical achievement of epic proportions: Reaching the highest point of the metronome with ease after a year of dedicated scale practice
The Later Years
Favourite composer to indulge in: Brahms
The best time to cram is: between 10 pm and 1 am
If piano didn't exist, she would want to play: the cello
Official (aka "Serious") Biography
Acclaimed for her “grace and power” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) and as a “passionate and involved player...who is so adept at painting tonal pictures” (New York Concert Review), American pianist Alexandria Le enjoys a multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician and teaching artist. The broad scope of her work brings her regularly to traditional and non-traditional venues, from the stages of Carnegie Hall to the jails of Riker's Island.
After winning the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award in 2011 and joining a distinguished roster of artists, she was presented with solo concerts in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in NYC and Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA to glowing reviews, with The Boston Musical Intelligencer summarizing her as "a warm, animated, outgoing, confident, hypertalented young pianist whose greatest asset is her incomparable power to communicate." She enjoys an active concert schedule; her recent NYC highlights include performances in Carnegie Hall's Zankel and Weill Hall, Trinity Wall Street, (le) Poisson Rouge, Subculture, Spectrum NYC, and the Galapagos Art Space.
A much sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Le is a winner of the 2012 Emerson String Quartet's Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. She is a pianist with the highly-prolific Ensemble ACJW, the resident ensemble of Carnegie Hall (in partnership with the Juilliard School, the Weill Institute, and the New York Department of Education) and THE COLONIALS. She has enjoyed performing an extensive range of work with members of the world’s leading ensembles and acclaimed instrumental soloists such as Byron Janis, Alan Kay, Pedro Diaz, Øystein Baadsvik, Susan Narucki, Frank Morelli and members of the American Brass Quintet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Valuing her role as a music educator, her teaching artist work has brought her to inner-city schools and special-needs programs throughout New York, Nevada, and Massachusetts. Currently, her outreach work is in partnership with Pro Musicis and Ensemble ACJW, through which she co-teaches piano lab classes to over one hundred fourth and fifth graders at Brooklyn's P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston. She has also served as chamber music faculty at the Longy School of Music, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and the Silicon Valley Music Festival. In addition, she maintains a private piano studio.
A native of Las Vegas, she garnered sixteen first-prize awards before graduation of high school, and her live performances and interviews were frequently broadcasted over KNPR Las Vegas. She was a featured soloist with all of Southern Nevada's orchestras including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, where she performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 "with grace and skill... present[ing] difficult passages with aplomb" (Las Vegas Review-Journal). With an interest in giving back to her hometown community and her alma mater, she is co-director of the Piano Institute at the Las Vegas Academy.
Ms. Le is completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, where she received a Master of Music degree. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers and mentors have included Christina Dahl, Gilbert Kalish, Douglas Humpherys, Roger Bushell, and her mother, Michelle Le. Prior to college studies, she traveled to her piano lessons by plane from Las Vegas to the Bay Area of California to study with Ms. Erna Gulabyan.
She currently resides in New York City.