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Leslie De’Ath is a Canadian pianist, conductor, author, chamber player, vocal coach, and accompanist, who enjoys a varied career as both performer and pedagogue. He is also a Professor in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he has taught since 1979 as a studio piano instructor, Director of the Opera Program, and teacher of lyric diction and piano literature. He has conducted thirty operas in the Faculty’s Opera Program since 1991, including the Canadian première of Aubert’s La forêt bleue. A primary research interest is the area of phonetics and lyric diction for singers, and he has published many articles in that field as well as in piano literature. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, in charge of the column on Language and Diction.

Leslie De’Ath has recorded the complete piano music of Cyril Scott on nine CDs for the Dutton Epoch label, and is embarking in 2008 upon a complete recording of the piano music of Florent Schmitt. He has been the pianist in several chamber groups, including Contrasts (with violin and clarinet), the Laurier Trio and the Poulenc Trio. He has been the regular keyboard player with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1979, and has recorded and been featured soloist with both groups on many occasions, both at home and on tour.

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