Jane Leslie

pianist, composer and recording artist

United States of America

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About

Jane Leslie is a New York based pianist, composer and recording artist. She has created her own signature 'crossover' style, blending elements of classical and popular music, with beautiful melodies that touch the heart of the listener. Jane Leslie has been honored with several ASCAP Awards for her music, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, and a Doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her recordings of relaxing piano music are featured on the Internet, in numerous radio broadcasts and podcasts, and enjoyed by a wide variety of audiences throughout the world.

Please visit her website at https://www.janelesliemusic.com.

Sheet Music: https://bit.ly/SheetMu

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Interview

What does music mean to you personally?

I have always been passionate about music, and I feel that I was somehow destined to be a musician. I am so grateful to be able to compose music in my own style, and share my music with others.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

I love the concept of fantasy, but I cannot say that music is all about fantasy. Sometimes we can be transported to fantasy-like states of mind, and music can be inspired by fantasy-like ideas. But the music itself has a very realistic element. In simple terms, music consists of arrangements of real notes and rhythms, even if it also is mystical how it can evoke our emotions.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

I possibly would have been a teacher.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

Here are some reasons to have a positive outlook: Cultural trends may shift to bring more interest to classical music. Music students are still studying and performing classical music, keeping this music alive. And many listeners of all ages are enjoying the newer, more accessible modern classical genres. Some of our current modern classical music might have the potential to be considered as classics by future generations.

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

Music has always had the role of communicating and evoking feelings in the listener. I believe that people will always be attracted music because of this role, regardless of any new ways that music is used.

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

Creativity arises out of inspiration, and cannot be forced. When musicians stay true to their own unique vision for their music, creativity will naturally evolve in the best way for their music.

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

When the current pandemic is over, I am hopeful that audiences of all ages will attend more concerts, to experience music together, after having been so isolated. Perhaps this might be a new beginning for concert venues to consider planning more concerts of modern classical music, as well as their usual traditional classical concerts.

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

I usually compose music by improvising at the piano, and noticing melodies that arise as I play. This can be a mystical experience, and I do not have any formula for this. I use my music skills to arrange the music, and then create sheet music. It can sometimes take a long time for the music to evolve into its final form. Every one my compositions has a special meaning to me.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

If there is Internet access, I would suggest using the Internet to listen to music and learn about music history, possibly investigating the music of one composer at a time. When the current pandemic ends, there also will hopefully be concerts to attend, some of which may be free.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

While I am immersed in composing, I usually focus only on the music, and not on anything else. But when I play through a piece that is almost in final form, I might imagine how people might feel when they hear it for the first time. This is an affirmation of my appreciation for the listeners.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

I am now working on many new piano pieces which I look forward to sharing in the near future.