Biography

Flautist Leslie Newman is well known to Hamilton audiences. She has held the post of Principal Flute with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008 and has appeared regularly as soloist with the orchestra.  

Leslie’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 CD, Opera Fantaisie, was described as “…faultless, perhaps even definitive readings of repertoire from the ‘golden age of the flute’” (Wholenote Magazine). Solo recitals have taken her from the world-famous Wigmore Hall to Taipei’s National Concert Hall, the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia and Washington’s Phillips Collection. Concerto highlights include performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Oregon’s Bach Festival Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Leslie is also a member of Toronto’s Continuum Ensemble and is a devoted supporter of works by new composers, here in Canada and throughout the world. Leslie performs regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist and teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.