Piano soloist on the Symphony’s February 16 & 17, 2019 concerts
Born in Vietnam, pianist Andrew (Drew) Le has been hailed as “an impressive tour-de-force…a plenitude of poetic nuance” (New York Concert Review), and lauded for his “consummate piano virtuosity” (Goleta Valley Voice) and his “pistonlike precision” (Mountain Tradition). Drew was the first-prize winner of the 2004 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and is currently serving as Associate Professor of Piano and Head of the Keyboard Area at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, are the Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Drew is also the founder and director of Holland’s popular Brown Bag Concerts, a series designed to encourage and foster the accessibility of classical music to the general public.
Passionate about serving the global community, he has also performed recitals as food drives, the last of which brought in close to 600 non-perishable items that were donated to the Holland Rescue Mission. In 2015, Drew performed a benefit concert that raised over $9,000, all of which was given to The Reformed Church in America for Syrian refugee crisis relief efforts in Europe.
Drew Le studied piano performance at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Michigan and the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau. He was also a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2007. His teachers have included Hien Le, Vivian Kleinhuizen, Rich Ridenour, Victoria Mushkatkol, Arthur Greene, Philippe Bianconi, John Perry and Jerome Lowenthal.
Passionate about teaching, Drew was appointed for three summers to the piano faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp’s All-State Program as an undergraduate teaching alongside tenured professors. Later, he was selected to be Jerome Lowenthal’s teaching assistant at The Juilliard School. Drew has also served on the faculty at the Gilmore Piano Camp, the Gilmore Foundation’s KeysFest and at Friends Music Camp.
As a photographer, Drew has been capturing weddings, portraits, and events since 2007. Drew is a member of Sony Pro Imaging Support and is a past member of WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). Exhibitions of his photographic work have been presented across West Michigan.
Le released his debut recording on the Blue Griffin label in 2013, and received the 2016 Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award. He is also an active violinist and is a member of the Holland Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as Vice President of the Holland Piano Teachers Forum and is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA).