Supervised by Leslie Stifelman
“But what made the event an unalloyed delight were the choristers…the finale of a Weill Music Institute program that started last spring, was not just exuberant but polished and precise. This was, quite simply, some of the best choral singing I’ve heard all year.”
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
Leslie’s accomplishments as a pianist, conductor, music supervisor and producer can be heard on recordings that feature a wide variety of classical, contemporary, Broadway and jazz repertoire. In collaboration with some of the worlds most esteemed musicians her extensive discography can be heard on all the major record labels including BMG, RCA Victor, Angel, Nonesuch, DRG, Koch International, Albany and MusicMasters.
THE LEOPARDS TAKE MANHATTAN: The Little Band that Roared is a half-hour special about the musical journey of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a percussion ensemble of elementary school kids (ages 7-11 years old) from Louisville, Kentucky. This is the last of three 30-minute documentaries that provide a fresh look at the many ways music can have a vital, profound impact on young lives. Created by Leslie and the same team of producers and directors from HBO Family who were honored with the 2006 Peabody Award for THE MUSIC IN ME, they continue to explore the heart and soul of every young musician – and the power of music to make us all feel more alive.
THE TRAP, directed by Rita Wilson and starring Jeanne Tripplehorn was developed as part of the Glamour Reel Moments – an award-winning short film series inspired by Glamour readers’ real life moments. Glamour Reel Moments is responsible for launching 14 directorial debuts by some of the most powerful women in Hollywood over the past five years – and counting. Leslie was honored to be Music Supervisor for the making of this film who’s proceeds directly benefit Film Aid International – a humanitarian aid organization that uses film and video to entertain and to educate refugees around the world.
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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 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.
EDUCATION AND ASSOCIATIONS
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