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.
Mr. De’Ath is a Professor in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he has taught since 1979. There he is a studio piano instructor, Music Director of the Opera Program, and teaches lyric diction and piano literature. He has conducted 30 operas in the Faculty’s Opera Program since 1991, including the Canadian premiere 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.
Mr. De-Ath has recorded the complete piano music of Cyril Scott on 9 CDs, and is in the process of recording the complete piano music of Florent Schmitt. His discography also includes an album of Billy Mayerl favourites, and Liszt Lieder with soprano Janet Obermeyer. He has been the pianist in several chamber groups, including Contrasts, Trio Laurier, and The Poulenc Trio. He has also been the regular keyboard player with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Canadian Chamber Ensemble since 1979, and has recorded and been featured soloist with both groups on many occasions, both at home and on tour.