Leslie Newman’s performances have been broadcast by radio and television stations in Europe and North America. Her 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, May 2007).
A native of Alberta, Leslie won First Prize in the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music at the age of seventeen. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, she was awarded a prestigious Canada Council Grant to study with Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University. While still a student at Yale, Leslie won Top Prize in the woodwind category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Young Performers’ Competition. Following the completion of her Master’s degree at Yale University, where she was named Outstanding Performance Major, Leslie moved to New York where she continued her studies with Julius Baker at the renowned Juilliard School.
She currently 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. Leslie holds a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from the University of Toronto.