Dr. Andrew LeAssociate Professor of Music
Born in Vietnam, pianist Andrew 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.
AREAS OF expertise
Drew 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’s doctoral document explored the pedagogical lineage of Jerome Lowenthal’s teachers, including William Kapell, Eduard Steuermann, and Alfred Cortot. He 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.
Outside the College
Drew lives in Holland, Michigan, with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, and their two young children. He and his wife are the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.
Drew is 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.
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 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. Drew is also a violinist and a semi-active member of the Holland Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Michigan Music Teachers Association and Holland Piano Teachers Forum, and actively serves on the consistory of Third Reformed Church.
To learn more about Drew, please visit his personal website.