Leonie Wall

Flute

Leonie Wall

Leonie Wall joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as second flutist in September 2004. Winner of the 2004 New York Flute Club Competition, she is a former student of Timothy Hutchins at McGill University (B.Mus.) and Jeanne Baxtresser at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

In 2001-02, she served a one-year term as principal flute of L'Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, with whom she also recorded the Gabriel Thibodeau adaptation of Tchaikovsky's La Dame de Pique (Analekta, 2002).

Leonie has toured as Principal Flute with Les Violons du Roy, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for their tours of Eastern Canada in 2001 and Asia in 2002. She has been an invited artist at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and has performed with the Festival Orchestra of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland.

Leonie has appeared on both CBC radio and Société Radio-Canada and is the recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships from the Canadian Music Competition and the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition.

Leonie is very active with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's education programmes and is committed to bringing classical music into the classrooms of underprivileged elementary school children. She performs shows year-round for Toronto schoolchildren with the TSO Preludes Woodwind Trio, who just undertook their first tour to northern Ontario, playing for students in Moosonee, Moose Factory, and Iroquois Falls. She participates in the highly popular Adopt-A-Player programme every year and also works closely with the education department on new initiatives.

High on the list among her many other interests is her summer work as a cycling guide for Reilly Cycling Tours, a company which runs trips to the Tour de France. Her months of July are spent riding with clients in the French Alps, showing them the beauty of the alpine mountains and the passion of "Le Tour"!

On New Year's Day of 2009, Leonie reached her goal of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa, at 19,340ft (5898m), an experience she will definitely never forget. She rides to work at the TSO on her blue bicycle every day, rain or shine, snow or sleet.

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