posted February 26, 2009

Pianist Andrew Le to Perform on Sunday, March 1

Hope College faculty member and pianist Andrew Le will perform in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The performance will include John Corigliano's "Etude Fantasy (1976)," several works by Claude Debussy and Francis Poulenc's "Les Soirees de Nazelles"

Born in Saigon and raised in West Michigan, Le is a pianist, professor, photographer, violinist and orchestra clinician.  He was the first-prize winner of the 2004 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and gave his Carnegie Hall debut in the same year to critical acclaim.  He was also a prizewinner in the 1997 Junior Gina Bachauer International Competition and the 1993 MTNA-Baldwin Competition.  Le holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Arthur Greene, and earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the JuilliardSchool, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.

Le is also a violinist in the Holland Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, both locally and nationally.  Together, they are the new (2009) artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.

Le is currently the keyboard area head in the department of music at Hope, where he teaches applied piano, keyboard skills, piano literature and chamber music.  He also founded the Brown Bag Series at the Arts Council, an informal series of outreach concerts, in collaboration with the Holland Area Arts Council.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.