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 has brought her to perform in the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, to the farthest-reaching places where music is needed most, like 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, and Spectrum.
Ms. Le was pianist with the highly-prolific Ensemble ACJW, Carnegie Hall's resident ensemble (also in partnership with the Juilliard School, the Weill Institute, and the New York Department of Education). She is also a winner of the 2012 Emerson String Quartet's Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. She has enjoyed performing an extensive range of work with members of the world’s leading ensembles and acclaimed instrumental soloists such as pianist Byron Janis and principal chairs of the American Brass Quintet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her collaborative skills have been sought out by The Banff Centre, where she was the sole collaborative pianist for their residency session. She is a founding member and pianist for the NYC-based ensemble, THE COLONIALS, which bridges music old and new with programmatic flair.
Valuing her role as a music educator, her teaching artist work has brought her to engage all audiences. Major sponsorship for her outreach work came from Pro Musicis and Ensemble ACJW, through which she has logged in, over a span of just two years, over 100 hours of classroom instruction for an inner-city elementary school and presented over 60 outreach performances. As a guest artist, she has taught and lectured at the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, Silicon Valley Music Festival, the Longy School of Music, the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Skidmore College, and Stony Brook University. As a juror, she has served on international piano competition panels.
A native of Las Vegas, she garnered sixteen first-prize awards before graduation of high school, with live concerts and interviews 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... presenting difficult passages with aplomb" (Las Vegas Review-Journal).
With an interest in giving back to her hometown community Ms. Le is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Las Vegas Wine & Music Festival. She is also co-director of the Piano Institute at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, a yearly institute which brings professional development workshops, seminars, performances, and coachings to over high school music students.
Ms. Le is completing a 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. She credits her mentors and teachers Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl, Douglas Humpherys, Roger Bushell, her mother, Michelle Le, and Erna Gulabyan, whom prior to college studies, she traveled to study with by airplane from Las Vegas to the Bay Area of California. Currently, she enjoys her frequent travels between Victoria, Las Vegas, and New York City; she decompresses from the urban landscape in scenic Victoria, British Columbia with her husband, bassist Ross Macdonald.