Leslie Amper, Piano (Leave of Absence)
Leslie Amper's piano performances have been called "noble, intense, and urgent," "artistically versatile," "authoritative, intelligent," and "stupendous."
Born in Pittsburgh, she spent her summers at Interlochen and the Aspen Music Festival. After two years at Oberlin College, Amper continued her studies at New England Conservatory with Rudolph Kolisch, Gunther Schuller, and Russell Sherman. She also won the First Annual Jordan Hall honors competition and played Prokofieff's Piano Concerto No. 3 at commencement.
Since her critically acclaimed New York début, Amper has delighted audiences in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Pittsburgh and at the Monadnock Music's Virtuoso Piano Series. A member of the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble and the Jubilee Trio, Leslie Amper has also been a regular participant in Boston's Emmanuel Music celebrations of the solo, song, and chamber music of Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, and Débussy.
Accomplished in contemporary music, Amper's Neuma Records recording of Andrew Imbrie's Short Story was selected for broadcast on the international radio program, "Art of the States." Her concerto appearances include the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, and The Eastern Music Festival Orchestra.
As a recipient of the NEA Solo Recitalist Grant, Amper presented Messiaen's monumental Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus in Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. Amper was invited by cutting-edge theatre director Peter Sellars to be an onstage pianist playing Scriabin in his American National Theater production of Chekhov's A Seagull. Other unique performances have included "1934 In Concert: Composers of the Federal Music Project," "Songs of Struggle and Resolution, a psychological progression through American song and spirituals with the Jubilee Trio," and "Chopin and Me: Chopins 24 Préludes with performance artist Mary Paula Hunter."
Currently teaching at Longy School of Music of Bard College, New England Conservatory Preparatory, and Wheaton College, Amper has lectured at Harvard College, Boston University, University of Pittsburgh, and New Hampshire Music Festival, where she is a regular performer.
In her teaching Leslie Amper aims to help students reach their highest level of piano performance while strengthening and expanding their musicianship and capacity to learn.