02|08|2018 • Concert Hall • 20h



Bartók: Piano Sonata (1926)
Schönberg: 6 Little Piano Pieces op.19
Bartók: 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythms
Stravinsky: Sonate pour Piano (1924)
Prokofiev: Sonata no.7 op.83

Michael Leslie is an Australian concert pianist residing in Munich, Germany. In the words of Dr. A. D. Jacobs: “When Leslie sits down to the piano one is exhilarated by the vitality of his playing. He doesn‘t play 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.” [aber wer ist A.D. Jacobs??] 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 the 1st prize in the Competition of the West German Conservatories and 3rd prize in the International ARD Competition of the Bavarian Public 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. Or as the Sydney Morning Herald puts it: “Sydney’s loss is Germany’s gain”.