Throughout his life in music, cellist Evan Leslie has aspired to be an increasingly versatile artist. Evan performs comfortably in a wide variety of styles, from authentic baroque to boundary-breaking new music. Evan has performed in music festivals and institutes in Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Based in Houston, Texas, Evan has been featured on the Hobby Center’s Uniquely Houston Series and the St. Luke’s Seraphim Series. Most recently, Evan was a featured guest artist at the University of Houston, where he presented a retrospective of music by Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe. Evan also performs frequently at the University of St. Thomas’s chamber music series. As a student, Evan worked with many of music’s most luminary artists and teachers, including Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrell, Ko Iwasaki, Colin Carr, and Christina Mahler. Most significantly, Evan was one of four American cellists selected to perform for Mstislav Rostropovich at the seventh American Cello Congress.
Today Evan Leslie is an innovative, young leader in the world of art-music presentation. As Executive Artistic Director of Restoration Chamber Music, Evan creates imaginative programs relating historic music to historic buildings. As Da Camera of Houston’s Education and Production Manager, Evan designs community concerts for Houston’s Menil Collection, a public museum that displays contemporary art side-by-side with world, folk artifacts. He also creates intense school based programs, where he curates lively, interactive performances just feet away from children’s desks. Evan has also produced acclaimed, theatrical concerts for Musiqa, Houston’s adventurous, multi-disciplinary, contemporary music series.
Evan has been a faculty member of Houston’s illustrious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He currently teaches for the Preparatory and Continuing Studies Department of the University of Houston Moores School of Music.
Evan Leslie earned a Master of Music degree from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston Moores School, where he graduated summa cum laude. His primary teachers include Diane Bucchianeri, Vagram Saradjian, and, Houston Symphony Principal cellist, Brinton Smith.