Phillip James Leslie – pianoC Debussy
ii. La soirée dans Grenade
Pictures at an Exhibition
IV. Il Vecchio Castello
VI. Les Tuileries
IX. Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
X. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
XIV. Con mortius in lingua mortua
XV. The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
XVI. The Great Gate of Kiev
Described as a pianist of ‘culture and refinement’ by the Liszt Society and a ‘a tour-de-force’ by ESM, award-winning pianist Phillip Leslie is emerging as thought-provoking and creative artist having performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Steinway Hall and Wigmore Hall. As a Park Lane Group Artist, he made his Southbank Centre debut as part of ‘SoundState” festival and is due to make his Wigmore Hall debut under their auspices. He is a laureate of the Liszt International Piano Competition (UK) in 2018, EPTA Competition, Jock Holden Mozart Memorial Prize, Lamond Prize and a finalist in the Beethoven Society of Europe Piano Competition.
His teachers have included Philip Fowke, Margaret Fingerhut, Aaron Shorr and Kathryn Stott and he received the Silver Medal Keyboard Award and the Weingarten Prize for Piano whilst at Trinity Laban. He has performed with orchestras across Britain including Trinity Laban Symphony, Cornwall Youth Orchestras, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra and BYO. He has made numerous festival appearances including at St Endellion Festival, Stephen Montague’s Anniversary and Schumann/Debussy Composer Festivals held in Greenwich, London. Chosen as an Artist in Residence for Porto Piano Festival 2022, he will perform at the Fumdação Cupertino de Miranda, World of Wine Heritage and in Aveiro.
In a repertoire from Rameau to Boulez, Phillip’s interest in new music and creating innovative recital programmes has led him to give a number of world premiers including works by Portuguese composer Gonçalo Gato and ‘Ha’n mor-tyd morlenow’ by Ian Stephens, commissioned by Truro Arts Society in 2020. Having performed an anniversary recital in memoriam of Kenneth Leighton at the Reid Concert Hall in 2018, he performed his works on BBC Radio later that year championing his music which received high acclaim. His playing has ‘vitality and youthful freshness’ – Fowke; with ‘transparent passagework and clarity of expression’ – Frances Wilson. Phillip is in the process of recording his debut album which is due to be released in 2022.
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