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Archive for October 2010


American Masters: A Letter to Elia

Leslie was honored to have the opportunity to produce and perform the music for A Letter to Elia, written and directed by Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Kent Jones.  This is a deeply personal film, a frank portrait and self-portrait, and an equally frank acknowledgement of the closeness and the distance between artists and their art.

Premieres, Monday, October 4 at 9 p.m. PBS

Check local listing for national broadcast and encore performances

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Peabody Award Winner, LESLIE STIFELMAN is a multi-talented performer and arts & entertainment executive in both non-profit and for-profit arenas, with a diverse career as a music director, conductor, pianist, producer and consultant. She is known for her extensive creative collaborations and partnerships, and is a prolific creator of music education initiatives for children and adults of all ages. Her work spans the world of music through performances, recordings, television and films extending from the concert hall to Broadway, and her projects have been awarded the highest honors in the arts and media including the Peabody®, Grammy® and Tony® Awards. Ms. Stifelman has vast experience in programming, production, and financial management of complex artistic projects and she is a skilled fundraiser, communicator, and innovator.




• Concert and recording career spanning over three decades, collaborating with some of the world’s most esteemed orchestras, performers, choreographers, directors and recording companies.
• Held various leadership positions including Music Director, Executive Director, Executive Producer and Music Supervisor managing teams of up to 100 people.
• Raised significant funds for numerous for-profit and non-profit enterprises from individual, government, corporate and foundation sources.
• Managed and partnered with Board of Directors and C-Suite Executives to create and execute strategic initiatives.
• Designed and executed award-winning educational initiatives for HBO®, Carnegie Hall and many other non-profit organizations that included television programming, recordings, concerts and master classes, professional development programs, community engagement partnerships and arts & education resource assessments.

Mannes College, Master of Music, Piano Performance, 1984
New England Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, 1982
Music for All, Board of Directors 2007-2009
Steinway Artist, 1992 – Present

Leslie’s Piano studies:
John Perry, Patricia Zander, Nina Svetlanova, Jerome Lowenthal,Victor Rosenbaum, Jean Barr

Leslie’s Chamber Music studies:
Eugene Lehner, John Heiss, Felix Galimir

Leslie’s Orchestral Conducting studies:
Marin Alsop, Gary Fagin

Leslie’s Festival Training:
Aspen Music Festival Fellowship Pianist
Tanglewood Young Artist Program
Music Academy of the West
Eastern Music Festival