Founder, Executive Artistic Director
Alexandria Le has been highly praised as “a warm, animated, outgoing, confident, hypertalented pianist” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) who is also a “passionate and involved player” (New York Classical Review). She enjoys a multi-faceted career as a concertizing pianist, teaching artist, and curator. Her performances has brought her from the world’s leading stages, like Carnegie Hall, to where music is needed most, like the jails of Riker’s Island.
Equally accomplished as a soloist and chamber musician, she gave her solo debut in Carnegie Hall as prizewinner of the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award and, a few months following, won a coveted position with Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber ensemble. A winner of the 2012 Emerson String Quartet's Ackerman Chamber Music Competition, she is a sought-after collaborator and has enjoyed performing an extensive range of work with members of the world’s leading ensembles and acclaimed instrumental soloists. Additionally, she has held exclusive collaborative piano positions at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada.
She is highly engaged as an advocate of arts in our society, most recently as founding Executive Artistic Director of Notes with a Purpose, which produces creative music programming for diverse communities around Las Vegas. This was inspired from her two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, where she dedicated 200 hours of classroom music instruction at an inner-city elementary school in Brooklyn and presented over 60 outreach performances in community venues around New York City. Further, she directs the Las Vegas Music and Wine Festival and the Las Vegas Academy Piano Institute.
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.
After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Le went on to pursue a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University.
She became a Yamaha Artist in April 2015. More information at www.alexandriale.com.
Jaime Smith is a synesthetic sommelier, which means he sees shapes and colors through taste and smell. He utilizes this savant-like capacity to absorb and astutely apply an expansive knowledge of all things wine-related. He was appointed as the very first Director of Wine at the MGM Grand and in 1998 helped open the Bellagio as the head sommelier of Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo, where he remained for two years. During this time, he also explored his interests in teaching as a Distance Professor for Experimental Oenology classes through the University of California at Davis. In 2000, he accepted the position of head sommelier at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay. During his five year tenure, he was instrumental in helping create the world’s first digital wine list - the restaurant’s solution to managing the 4000-plus labels and five vast cellars which was noted as "Best Wine List in America" by Food and Wine magazine. He was also twice-named "Best Sommelier in America".
More recently, he has held the position of Director of Communication & Education Development for Southern Wine and Spirits and has been Sommelier-in-Residence for the Las Vegas Wine and Music Festival and Notes with a Purpose since its inception.