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 (BMus) and Jeanne Baxtresser at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
In 2001/02, Leonie served a one-year term as principal flute of 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). She has toured as principal flute with Les Violons du Roy, and was for several years principal flute of Eric Paetkau’s g27 (group of twenty-seven) Toronto chamber orchestra. She has been an invited artist at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts des Iles du Bic, and Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides.
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 TSO's education programs and is committed to bringing classical music into the classrooms of elementary schoolchildren. She performed many shows for young Toronto students with the TSO Woodwind Trio under the Preludes program, and participated yearly in the TSO's highly popular Adopt-A-Player program.
Since 2012, she now has two young children of her own, with husband Kai Hynna.
High on her list of interests are her many years of summer work as a cycling guide for Reilly Cycling Tours, a company which runs trips to the Tour de France. She has spent many months of July riding with clients in the French Alps, showing them the beauty of the alpine mountains and the passion of "Le Tour"! She rides to work at the TSO on her bicycle every day, all year round.
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 never forget.
Current as of April 2018
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