As a performer, educator, and researcher, flutist Leslie Anne Harrison bridges classical and folk music traditions.
Leslie has performed in Ireland, Scotland, and across the United States as a founding member of Folk Ragoût and New Time Ensemble, and has also been a guest artist in New York, Italy, and Peru with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, the Combo Nuvo Orchestra, members of the Silk Road Project, and New York City's Public Theater. Recordings include A Year in Ireland (2010) and Folk Ragoût: Musiques Folk du Monde (2011), as well as guest performances on Music for Hawaiian Gardens (2005), Twelfth Night (2009), Live at Edinburgh Folk Club (2011), Winter (2013), and The Green Fields and the Mountains High (2016). Twelfth Night was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award.
Throughout her time teaching in Ireland and the western United States, Leslie has been designing new courses and workshops for classical and folk musicians alike. Working both as adjunct faculty and a visiting guest artist, she has provided instruction at classical flute associations, performing arts high schools, community music schools, music festivals, and colleges.
Her research projects include The Application of Music Therapy in the State of Maine (2005), The Influence of Irish Traditional Music on Classical Musicians (2008), Women in Irish Traditional Music (2009-2010), Irish Music for Classical Flutists (ongoing), and Feminism and Agency in Irish Traditional Music (ongoing). She has also conducted research for Cultural Roadmapp, where she was an Ethnographer & Lead Producer.
Leslie's academic qualifications include: Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, Master of Music from New York University, and Master of Arts from the University of Limerick.
Besides running the Harrison Flute Studio and teaching at Swallow Hill Music, Leslie is currently writing her first method book and recently co-founded FieldTrip, a virtual reality and immersive video startup. In her spare time, she goes rock climbing and borrows too many books from the library.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Frédéric.