Leslie Newman made her professional debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of eighteen, performing Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. Following graduate studies at Yale University and Juilliard Leslie settled in England where, in the space of a few short years, she presented solo BBC Radio broadcasts from almost every major centre including the world-famous Wigmore Hall, where her two solo recitals were broadcast live by the BBC’s Radio 3. She has performed with orchestras throughout Canada and in the U.S. and U.K., and has presented recitals in New York, Montreal, at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, the National Museum in Bogotá and Taipei’s National Concert Hall as well as touring Canada with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales.
As guest Principal Flautist she has performed with the Hallé Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Bournemouth Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has toured through Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Europe and the U.S. with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include Banff, Belle-Ile (France), Bogotá, Clear Lake (Manitoba), Salzburg, Sorrento, the Stratford International Flute Festival (UK) and the Oregon Bach Festival.