Leslie Ting

Region: Ontario
Leslie Ting

Organization: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Violin


Currently based in Toronto, violinist Leslie Ting has appeared in a wide range of settings including performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Quebecois conductor Jean-François Rivest, touring across Southern Ontario with the Bicycle Opera Project, and acting as Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Leslie has performed in London, England as a member of the Adoch Trio with Hiro Takenouchi, piano and Dongkyun An, cello. Strad magazine praised the ensemble for creating "fire without smoke." She has since shared the stage with Paul Neubauer, Scott St John and Paul Watkins.  In Toronto, she has appeared in the Pocket Concerts chamber music series.

With a special curiosity for other genres, Leslie recently produced, created and performed in SPECULATION: how absence can change and experience. This multi-disciplinary work about how we prioritize sight and hearing in our relationships premiered in Kitchener, Ontario in affiliation with the Open Ears Festival and as a co-production with the MT Space theatre company. Creation was generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, and a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Other collaborations have included composing and performing the original music for the short film Knife by Montreal-based filmmaker Nancy Baric which has screened in the US, Canada and Russia, appearing in the multi-media event The Shift at the Drake Underground in Toronto with the Music in the Barns ensemble, and working on sound creation for the inaugural installation An Act of Timing by Nestor Kruger at the Fort York Museum.

Leslie is an alumna of the University of Waterloo where she obtained Bachelor of Honours Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. During her studies she was the recipient of a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant for research in vision sciences. Leslie was a practicing optometrist from 2005-2007 and traveled to Anna Regina, Guyana as a volunteer optometrist with Canadian Vision Care.

She holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from Université de Montréal, and has worked with various artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, the Kayaleh Academy in Switzerland and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.