Leslie Newman

Concert program

1. J.S Bach

Partita in a-minor
Bourrée anglaise

2. Gilles Tremblay

Envol – Allelulia

3. Claude Debussy


4. Kaija Saariaho


5. Steve Reich

Vermont Counterpoint

Video clips

Gold vs Silver Flute

What is the difference in sound between playing with a gold flute versus a silver flute? This has been a topic of controversy within the flute community for years. With the help of Leslie Newman, a blind listening test was conducted to see whether the audience preferred the gold or the silver flute.

Watch the following videos to see which flute you prefer and find out the research behind it.

Watch the video below for Syrinx by Claude Debussy on Flute A

Watch the video below for for Syrinx by Claude Debussy on Flute B

Click for Flute A Type
Gold FLute
Click for Flute B Type
Silver FLute

Watch the video below for audience results

Watch the video below for the research explanation

Electronic piece

A combination of Saariaho’s soundtrack and Newman’s playing creates an awe inspiring piece.

Watch the video below for NoaNoa by Kaija Saariaho!


An energetic piece played in combination with 14 pre-recorded soundtracks.

Watch the video below for Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich!

Biographical profile

Leslie Newman

Flautist Leslie Newman is well known to Hamiltonaudiences. She has held the post of principal flute with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008 and appears regularly as soloist with the orchestra. Leslie’s performances have been broadcast by radio and television stations in Europe and North America. Her debut CD, Beyond the Iron Curtain, released by CALA/United, was described by Gramophone Magazine as an “…immensely worthwhile contribution to the catalogue.” Her second CD, Opera Fantaisie, was described as “…faultless, perhaps even definitive readings of repertoire from the ‘golden age of the flute’” (Wholenote Magazine). Solo recitals have taken her from the world-famous Wigmore Hall to Taipei’s National Concert Hall, the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia and Washington’s Phillips Collection. Upcoming performances include the world premiere of The Pied Piper, a new work for flute and soprano by Canadian composer Anna Höstman at Koerner Hall, a performance of Marquez’s Danzon no. 3, with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and a recital with harpist Erica Goodman at Toronto’s Gallery 345.