Jean Alexis Smith
"Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes."
– Claude Debussy
— ABOUT JEAN —
Smith has performed solo recitals at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and Paul Hall in Lincoln Center, New York. Other solo performances include the Conservatoria de Musica Statale Naples, the Chigiana in Sienna, and the American Academy in Rome, Italy. In Portugal, she performed the opening recital of the Fundao International Piano Competition where she served as adjudicator. Solo recitals in San Francisco include Performances at 6, the Legion of Honor, the Commonwealth Club, and Old First Concerts.
A CONVERSATION WITH JEAN ALEXIS SMITH
By Robert Schulslaper
Music is as natural to humanity as speech and should flow as freely as birdsong. But what happens when that flow is impeded? That’s the problem pianist Jean Alexis Smith faced when her ability to play was gradually compromised by focal hand dystonia, a serious neurological condition. For this interview, rather than discuss her latest CD, Bach in Transcription (see the appended reviews), she’s chosen to recount her up-hill struggles with this still-mysterious ailment: It’s an important, informative, and ultimately inspiring story.