Andrew Legg is the Acting Head of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, International Gospel Musician Director of Contemporary Music and Director of the Southern Gospel Choir.
After graduating from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where he trained as a classical pianist, composer and educator, Andrew went on to undertake postgraduate studies at the Tuskegee Institute and the Martin Luther King University. There he examined African American history and the growth of African American gospel music. He is best known for his work in contemporary music, particularly gospel, soul and jazz, and is considered one of the leading gospel and blues pianists working in the US today.
“Originally I studied at UTAS in the 1980’s, because it was close to home and offered the music, philosophy and education subjects that interested me."
“After working for 15 years as a music teacher, and then later overseas as a pianist with contemporary African American gospel choirs and hip hop artists, I returned to work as the Director of Contemporary Music at the Conservatorium of Music, and to direct the Southern Gospel Choir – an Aria nominated 130-voice choir."
“My passion is for family and community, and to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the joy and love of singing and making music together."
“The Conservatorium has enabled me to combine my research and my work with my overwhelming love and passion for music, into a powerful expression of what community can, and should, be all about."
Andrew has performed at sell out concerts with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, has toured the Southern Gospel Choir with Broadway to Australia, and performed alongside Paul Grabowsky, Gabrielle Smart and John Cale. He has worked and performed with gospel legend, Dr Horace Clarence Boyer, one of the world authorities on African American gospel music. He has since toured with multi-Grammy winning African American gospel artist, Myron Butler, and is currently writing an album with Badloves front man Michael Spiby and vocal legend Maria Lurighi.
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Arts
17 April, 2012