FREE Lunchtime Concert: Phillip Leslie (Piano)
Representing Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Scarlatti – Sonata in E
Scarlatti – Sonata in B minor
John Ireland – London Pieces
Schumann – Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op 82
Rachmaninov – Études-Tableaux Op 33
British pianist, Phillip Leslie started playing piano at age seven with Veronica Jones in Cornwall. After excelling in the South-west of England he enrolled at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He began his studies with Alexander Ardakov and then Margaret Fingerhut. Phillip is continuing his studies at Trinity Laban as a scholar under the celebrated pianist and teacher, Philip Fowke. Recently, he was awarded the Silver Medal Prize for his Bachelors of Music.
In 2014 he performed, Carmina Burana with the Trinity Laban Chorus at Blackheath Halls and Rhapsody in Blue with Maidstone Wind symphony. He has also made appearances with the Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra. Phillip has given numerous concerts including performances at Pamoja Hall, Old Royal Naval Chapel, St Alfege, Carnglaze Caverns, St James’s Piccadilly and Mandeville Place. He has taken part in many competitions and masterclasses including lessons with acclaimed pianists, Paul Komen, Pascal Roge, Ivan Klansky, Chiao-Ying Chang, Ashley Wass and Philip Martin.
Last year he performed in the Old Royal Naval Chapel for the Trinity Laban Concert Series and recently gave three performances of Peter Copley’s Piano Concerto, which is dedicated to his former teacher, Margaret Fingerhut. He has worked with conductors, Andrew Sherwood, Jonathan Crowhurst and Dominic Peckham. He performs with soprano, Rebekah Smith with whom he was a finalist in the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Competition. He was a finalist at the John Longmire Piano Competition in 2014 and was interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall hosted by Tiffany Truscott. He has been a semi-finalist in the Jacques Samuels Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
Phillip currently teaches on the piano faculty at Blackheath Conservatoire. Future engagements include performances at St James’s Piccadilly, St George the Martyr and Bach’s D Minor Concerto with BYOSE. Phillip would like to thank the Helen Roll Charity for supporting his studies.