Leslie Amper’s piano performances have been called “noble, intense and urgent,” “artistically versatile” “authoritative, intelligent” and “stupendous.” Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Miss Amper finished her degrees at New England Conservatory “with distinction”, studying with Rudolf Kolisch, Gunther Schuller and Russell Shermkan. Since her critically acclaimed New York debut, Miss Amper has delighted audiences in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburg, and on Monadnock Music’s Virtuoso Piano Series.
In addition, she has been a regular participant in Emmanuel Music’s multi-year celebrations of the solo, song and chamber music of Schumann, Schubert, Brahms and Debussy. Miss Amper’s Neuma Record 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, Pittsburg Symphony, and Eastern Music Festival Orchestras. As a recipient of the NEA Solo Recitalist Grant, Ms. Amper presented Messiaen’s monumental Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus in Boston, New York, Pittsburg, and Washington DC. Her other one-of-a-kind performances include The Sound of Color: Debussy and the Visual Arts, presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Songs of Struggle and Resolution, a survey of American songs and spirituals with the Jubilee Trio, and Chopin and Me, with performance artist Mary Paula Hunter. In additiona, she was invited by theater director Peter Sellars to be an onstage pianist playing Scriabin in his Washington DC American National Theater production of Chekhov’s A Seagull. Currently teaching at Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, Miss Amper has lectured at Harvard University, Boston University, University of Pittsburg, and the New Hampshire Music Festival, where she is a regular performer.