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Jean Alexis Smith portraitA native of California, pianist Jean Alexis has enjoyed a versatile career as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and solo recitalist. Venues have included the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center, New York and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Ms. Smith, a USIA competition winner, has been heard numerous times on both National Public Radio and Public Television. She has performed regularly in music festivals and with orchestras throughout the United States. In 2004 she gave a solo recital, in the opening ceremonies of the International Concurso de Juvenil in Portugal, where she was on the panel of judges representing the USA. Her first CD offers Bach/Busoni, Mendelssohn and Chopin. Her second CD is a fascinating juxtaposition of music by Liszt and his student, Jose Viana da Mota. Her latest CD, a 2-disc set of the 21 Nocturnes of Frederic Chopin, has been released on Centaur Records. Recently, Smith's playing and hands are used in the film "Virtuoso: The Olga Samaroff Story", winner of Best Documentary at the Berkeley Film Festival. Ms. Smith resides in Marin, California where she performs, and teaches on the faculty of the College of Marin. She is currently working on a CD set of Messiaen and Bach transcriptions. Smith holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music degree from Stanford University.