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Six Questions: Daniel Le, Piano
Hailed by Arts Review for his “show stopping virtuoso piano rendering,” Australian pianist DANIEL LE has enjoyed an international career spanning four continents. Currently based in New York City, he is pursuing his MM degree at the Manhattan School of Music as the Ruby Fae Ellenger Overstreet Scholar. Previously, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where he was the two-time recipient of the Stephen Baxter Memorial Scholarship.Primary teachers have included André-Michel Schub, Thomas Hecht, Stephen McIntyre, and Rita Reichman. Recently, Le was one of 10 semi-finalists in the prestigious 2017 Naumburg International Piano Award. 2006 Centenary Committee Scholarship | danieltangle.com
What is a favorite non-musical activity / what do you enjoy doing on your down time?
I love cooking even though I’m still new to it. So then it’s really just enjoying having a meal with some friends.
What are the first 5 items on your playlist?
Guardians of the Galaxy part 1 and part 2 soundtrack.. seriously it has such great music!
What book are you currently reading?
The Sound of Fury.. which I started at Norfolk 2017….
Why did you choose your instrument?
It was there, and it had buttons which made sounds. What kind of kid wouldn’t like that?
Do you have any pre-concert traditions?
I like to just take it easy and try to relax! Probably not so much of a talker right before going on stage.
If you could create and play in any chamber ensemble, whom would it include?
I would probably want to play with Yo-Yo Ma. He represents so much of the essence of being a dedicated, thoughtful and giving musician. He’s pretty cool!