2016 Young Artist Competition Winner


The New England Philharmonic, under the direction of Richard Pittman, has announced the winner of their 22nd Young Artist Competition, 13-year-old Lexington native and pianist Khoi Le. “Khoi impressed us with his very mature phrasing of the music, for his over-arching concept of the movement, and for his very clear, firm tone on the piano.  He’s a compelling soloist,” said NEP Music Director Richard Pittman, who presided over the competition.

Le has been invited to perform the first movement of Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor at NEP’s annual Family Concert on December 11 at 3 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center.

Le’s musical journey began at the age of five when his parents introduced him to the piano. It was love at first sight. His immediate connection with piano and his early successes have been encouraged by his parents and teachers. At the young age of 13, he has already taken first prize at the San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, and he is a recipient of the Nafisa Taghioff Award in the Fremont Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition. He has performed in the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival in California as well as with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra.

While the piano is his main instrument, Le enjoys playing the violin, cello, bassoon and percussion and currently serves as the percussionist at the William Diamond Middle School band and orchestra, Tufts Youth Philharmonic and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys composing music and is taking music theory and composition seminars at the New England Conservatory of Music.

1st Runner-up: Joe MacDonald, violin
2nd Runner-up: Hayden Idson, cello

Annual Family Concert
The Big Bad Wolf

Date: December 11, 2016
Time: 3 PM
Venue: Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

William Schuman
Newsreel in 5 Shots (1942)

Bernard Hoffer
Nocturne: The Timber Wolf (2016) WORLD PREMIERE

Andy Vores
Big Bad Wolf (1996)

Paul Patterson
Little Red Riding Hood Song Book (1994)
…. WBZ-TV’s Eric Fisher, Narrator
     Boston City Singers, Joshua DeWitte, Director

Khoi Le, NEP Young Artist Competition Winner
Will perform the first movement of Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor


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