08|08|2016 • Concert Hall • 20h


BEETHOVEN Sonata Op.14 E Major • Diabelli Variations Op.120

08-M-LeslieMichael Leslie, Australian concert pianist, resident in Munich, Germany.
When Leslie sits down to the piano one is exhilarated by the vitality of his playing. He doesn‘t pander to the gallery, but challenges each work afresh each time he plays it. The music emerges fresh, warm, vivid, and alive. By nature drawn to the problematical and the challenging, his explorations of the greatest works of the piano literature – the “Goldberg Variations”, the Art of Fugue, the “Hammerklavier” Sonata and “Diabelli” Variations, the last Schubert Sonatas – are awe-inspiring struggles to articulate the profoundest thoughts of the profoundest minds that have ever expressed themselves in music.
During his studies at the Conservatorium of Sydney he made several appearances with leading Australian orchestras. These concerto performances included notably the Beethoven 4th and 5th Piano Concertos, the Brahms 2nd and the first Australian performance of the Bartók 1st Piano Concerto. He also took part in the first Australian performance of the Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. As a student of Rosl Schmid at the Munich Hochschule für Musik he won 1st prize in the Competition of the West German Hochschulen and 3rd prize in the International ARD Competition of the Bavarian Radio.
His repertoire ranges from William Byrd to Lutoslawsky and includes the Bach Goldberg Variations and The Art of Fugue, all the Beethoven Piano Sonatas and the complete piano works of Schönberg.
His concert activity includes tours of Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Sicily, Norway, Ghana, Serbia, Sweden and Australia. In Sydney he was hailed as one of the finest musicians ever to come out of the country. “Sydney’s loss is Germany’s gain”