Lesley writes music that shimmers and glows and floats and crunches and spins out, and does other things too. Her works have been performed and workshopped across North America and Europe by various ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Arditti String Quartet, Sound Icon, Land’s End Ensemble, Vertixe Sonora, Ensemble Resonance, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Ensemble l’Arsenale, Strata Ensemble, the Violet Collective, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Her works have been showcased in numerous festivals including Third Practice (Virginia), the National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute (Ottawa), the Composit New Music Festival (Italy), the Strata Festival (aka Sask New Music), the Toronto Creative Music Lab, New Music Edmonton’s ‘Now Hear This’ Festival, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and as a soundtrack to a haunted house at École Westlock Elementary.
Lesley lives in Calgary AB, and received her Doctorate in Composition from Boston University in 2014, studying under Joshua Fineberg. She also has her Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary, and Masters of Music from the University of British Columbia, and is the co-founder of the Boston-based Acoustic Uproar concert series.
April 21-30 2020 - bleary (2018) to be performed at the ISCM World Music Days 2020 in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Details TBA.
May 18, 2019 in Fagana, Italy - performance of in lightness (2013) by accordionist Luca Piovesan at Salotto Musicale FVG. Details on Luca's website, or on the Salotto Musicale Events Calendar.
December 18, 2018 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Premiere of shades of white for Vertixe Sonora, performed at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea. Details here.
June 9, 2018 in Calgary - Premiere of bleary for the Land's End Ensemble. Details here.
March 24, 2018 in Toronto - from within, Caution Tape Sound Collective at Array Music. Details here.
January 20, 2018 in Calgary - Premiere of cute, meaningless by Veronique Mathieu and Stephanie Chua. Details here.