About Jean

“Music is not a hobby, not even a passion with me; music is me.
I feel what people get out of me is this outlook on life, which comes out in my music.
My music is the last expression of all that.”

– Arthur Rubenstein


A native of California, pianist Jean Alexis Smith has enjoyed a versatile career as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and solo recitalist. 

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.

Concertos with orchestras include the North Jersey Philharmonic, and Carleton College in Minnesota, while in California she has performed concertos with the Kensington Orchestra, Nova Vista Symphony the Stanford University Orchestra, and the West Marin Festival Orchestra. Chamber music appearances include the San Jose Symphony Chamber Players, the New World String Quartet, San Francisco Wind Ensemble, Women’s Philharmonic Chamber Players, Stanford Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Baroque Arts Ensemble in California. 

Smith has performed numerous times on both National Public Radio and Television including West Coast Weekend, KQED, Voice of America, Women’s Philharmonic, NPR, and  Santa Rosa Public Radio. Bechstein sponsored her solo recital for public TV in Arkansas. The City Bronze Medal for outstanding work was awarded Ms. Smith in Fundao, Portugal where she served as adjudicator for the Fundao International Piano Competition two consecutive years.

 A West Coast winner of the USIA National Piano Competition, she also was given the Stanford University Soloist Award. “Virtuoso, the Olga Samaroff Story”, awarded Best  Documentary at the Berkeley Film Festival includes numerous performances by Smith, and she has taught at the College of Marin in California for many years. Smith holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Juilliard School, and a Master of Music Degree from Stanford University. 

Smith lives on the West Marin coast in California with her husband and three rescue companions. She is very involved with environmental and animal protection organizations.