“Energy, intelligence, and soulfulness.” -Carl Dimow
As an educator and performer, flutist Leslie Anne Harrison bridges the classical and folk music traditions.
She has performed around the world with such artists as the Metro Chamber Orchestra, the Combo Nuvo Orchestra, members of the Silk Road Project, and New York City's Public Theater. She recorded as a guest artist on Twelfth Night, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2009. Other artists on the album include Hem, Anne Hathaway, Rául Esparza, and Audra McDonald.
Leslie is a founding member of Folk Ragoût and New Time Ensemble; both groups have released CDs and performed in Europe and the United States. In 2011, New Time Ensemble was included on the Best of Edinburgh Folk Club album, and in 2012, Folk Ragoût was a selected performer at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Longmont, Colorado. Since then, both groups have performanced at venues and festivals around the United States.
Leslie has been a teacher for sixteen years and has taught a broad range of subjects including Classical Flute and Extended Technique, Classical Music for
Traditional Musicians, Classical to Traditional Irish Flute, Irish Flute Ornamentation and Technique, French Breton Flute, Aural Theory, Music Theory, and Celtic Ensemble for Classical Musicians. She has given workshops for classical and folk musicians in Ireland and across the United States and was a faculty member at Laramie County Community College from 2011 to 2013.
She currently runs her own flute and piano studio and is on the music faculty at Swallow Hill Music.
Leslie holds a MM in Classical Flute Performance from New York University and a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. In 2009, New York University awarded her the Graduate Woodwind Award for outstanding contributions to the music program. She has studied with Nicole Rabata, Carl Dimow, Wendy Herbener Mehne, Robert Dick, Niall Keegan, and Majella Bartley.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Frédéric.