Pianist Andrew Le of the Hope College music faculty will perform a solo recital on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The program will include works by Claude Debussy, Enrique Granados and Maurice Ravel.
Le, who has taught at Hope since 2005, received his Ph.D. from the Juilliard School, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Born in Vietnam, he 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).
He was the first-prize winner of the 2004 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He released his debut recording on the Blue Griffin label in 2013, and recently (2018) released a second album of the complete etudes of Claude Debussy.
Passionate about serving the global community, Le has performed recitals as food drives, the last of which brought in nearly 600 non-perishable items that were donated to the Holland Rescue Mission. In 2015, he performed a benefit concert that raised more than $9,000, all of which was given to the Reformed Church in America for Syrian refugee crisis relief efforts in Europe.
He is an associate professor of piano at Hope, and received the 2016 Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award. In addition, he and his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, are the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Le is also a violinist and has been a member of the violin section of the Holland Symphony Orchestra.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.