Associate Professor of Music
Department of Music
Miller Center for Musical Arts, Rm 162
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 "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 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 his local
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.
Drew is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts
Academy, the University of Michigan, and The Juilliard School, where he
earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree. His teachers have included Hien Le, Vivian Kleinhuizen,
Rich Ridenour, Victoria Mushkatkol, Arthur
Greene, and Jerome Lowenthal. Passionate
about teaching, Drew's doctoral document explored the pedagogical lineage
of Jerome Lowenthal's teachers, including William
Kapell, Eduard Steuermann,
and Alfred Cortot. 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
and at Friends Music Camp.
As a photographer, Drew has been capturing weddings, portraits, and events
since 2007. Drew is a member of WeddingWire
and Canon Professional Services, and has been a member of WPPI (Wedding and
Portrait Photographers International). Exhibitions of his
photographic work have been presented all across West Michigan.
Drew joined the international roster of Steinway Artists in 2013, and
released his debut recording on the Blue Griffin label the same year.
He is also a violinist in the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Drew
resides in Holland, Michigan, with his wife and their two young
children. For more information, please visit his homepage at www.drewle.com