Two honors were recently given. Most singularly, that of a Stradivarius violin, c.1721, being named after him in the Doring book, “How Many Strads” (rev’d. ed.), and secondly, awarded Illinois ASTA, Studio Teacher of the Year, 2009.
Teaching since 1970, DREW LECHER has published two books: Violin Technique: the Manual and Viola Technique: the Manual. They are a concise, highly ordered and easy to grasp collection of ‘kernels’—concepts and actions—that, as applied and elaborated upon provide both efficiency and accessibility for all levels—beginner to professional. Included is Terms & Tips, addressing both the technical aspects of playing and explanations of frequently used musical terminology. Selling in twenty-two countries in the first eighteen months, these publications have met with resounding approval from both professionals and amateurs around the world.
”These two volumes offer a comprehensive practice methodology that addresses the full gamut of fundamental technical issues on the violin and viola…these books certainly chart a course towards the acquisition of an in-depth technical understanding…whether used to build one from scratch or to hone individual aspects.”—The Strad, September 2008
Philosophy: The most important individual in the studio is the student—what is best for them personally, academically and musically, both technically and artistically.
Anyone seeking confirmation of Drew Lecher’s exceptional abilities as a violinist and teacher need look no further. Teaching since the age of 19, he was appointed—at age 24—Professor of Violin, and later Viola, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. He further honed his teaching skills working with gifted children as Specialist Instructor of Violin, Viola & Chamber Music at the Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, England, and on the faculty of the City of London’s Pimlico School. Additionally, he founded the Guildhall Trio with John York, piano, and Leonard Stehn, cello.
A prominent teacher of Violin, Viola & Chamber Music in the Chicago area, his students have soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performed on Boston's "From the Top" and been accepted by such renown schools as The Juilliard School, Indiana University-Bloomington, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Colburn School, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, DePaul University and Chicago College of Performing Arts among others.
Studies with Ivan Galamian at the Meadowmount School, Yfrah Neaman at the GSM&D, and with Pierre Nerini of the Paris Conservatoire and Yfrah Neaman at the Académie d'été-Nice, France, were preceded by attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee—in his hometown—where Drew studied with Leonard Sorkin and the world renowned Fine Arts Quartet, performing as guest with them and assisting in their teaching and coaching. Also with Dr. Won Mo Kim of the University of Wisconsin and Raymond Brown of Milwaukee.
Founder of the University String Quartet, Drew freelanced professionally from age of 19—including Concertmaster for the Milwaukee Ballet, Opera, Light Opera and Musical Theater orchestras and the city's Music Under The Stars Summer Symphony. He also was formerly Concertmaster of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Presently residing in Naperville, Illinois with his wife, Victoria VerHoven, soprano, and 2 standard poodles, Drew Lecher accepts students of all levels on violin and viola—beginning to professional.
Ivan Galamian of the Juilliard School, New York
Yfrah Neaman—Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England
William Pleeth—Cellist &Chamber Music Coach, GSM&D, London, England
Pierre Nerini of the Paris Conservatoire
Leonard Sorkin of the Fine Arts Quartet—University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Fine Arts Quartet (Leonard Sorkin, Abram Loft, Bernard Zaslov, George Sopkin) Chamber Music Coaching—UW-M
Dr. Won Mo Kim of the University of Wisconsin
Edward Mumm—Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Raymond Brown, Milwaukee, WI