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Profile – Minh Le Hoang

Minh Le Hoang

Minh Le Hoang began playing popular music at the age of nine, while living in Vietnam. When his family moved to Australia in 1991 Minh, then aged 13, had great interest in classical guitar and decided to take the instrument seriously, studying firstly with Carolyn Kidd and continuing with leading Australian guitarist/teacher, Timothy Kain at the ANU School of Music. He subsequently graduated with first class honours, receiving the highest mark ever achieved by a student in a solo recital. Minh then continued to undertake postgraduate studies and completed the course with a Master of Music.

A member of Australia’s unique guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, Minh has toured extensively throughout Europe, toured for Musica Viva and appeared at major festivals including the Sydney Festival, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Port Fairy Classical Music Festival, Frankston, Darwin, and New Zealand International Guitar Festivals.

As a soloist and recitalist he has appeared as a guest artist at the Sydney Guitar Summer School and the Sydney Acoustic Guitar Festival. Within Australia he has given master classes and concerts for guitar societies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. He has also given concerts in the United States, Vietnam and Japan. He has performed in master classes for leading guitarists from around the world including John Williams, Carlos Bonell, Pavel Steidl and David Leisner. He has made many appearances on radio and television and has recorded two solo guitar recitals for ABC Classic FM as part of the Young Australia Program, both of which have been broadcast nationally. He teaches in the Pre-Tertiary program of Australia’s leading guitar department at the Australian National University School of Music, where he is currently serving as acting Head of the Guitar Area.

Minh has gained first prize in numerous guitar competitions including the Adelaide Spring Guitar Competition and the 50th Tokyo International Guitar Competition.

One of the members of Guitar Trek, Minh Le Hoang established his solo credentials with a dynamic Ginastera Sonata. In an inspired piece of programming, the Ginastera was followed by the charming and under-rated Collectici Intim by Vicente Asencio, the rare juxtaposition of these contrasting middleweights yielding a kaleidoscopic finale.” Paul Fowles – Classical Guitar Magazine.