Leslie Newman made her professional debut at the age of eighteen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. She was subsequently featured as soloist with the Toronto Symphony at the Calgary Winter Olympics Arts Festival. Following studies at the University of Toronto, Yale University and Juilliard, Leslie settled in England where her numerous studio recordings and recitals, including two from the world-famous Wigmore Hall, were broadcast by the BBC’s Radio Three.
Since returning to Canada, Leslie has presented recitals across the country with national and regional CBC broadcasts, including Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic tours. She has performed at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia. Soloist engagements include with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. Her performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was described by the Hamilton Spectator as “Simply superb music-making…” and chosen as its favourite performance of 2010. Recent performances include concerto engagements with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Montreal Chamber Orchestra, a Koerner Hall appearance as featured soloist in Kaija Saariaho’s Terreste, with a subsequent tour of China and Taiwan, and performances at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
Leslie’s debut CD, Beyond the Iron Curtain, released by CALA/United, was described by Gramophone Magazine as an “…immensely worthwhile contribution to the catalogue.” Her second solo CD, Opera Fantaisie, was described as “…faultless, perhaps even definitive readings of repertoire from the ‘golden age of the flute’” (Wholenote Magazine).
Leslie lives in Toronto, where she is on the Flute Faculty at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School. She holds the Principal Flute position with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.