Leslie Kinton is one of Canada’s best-known and sought-after chamber musicians and has been a founding member of many established ensembles, including ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory), the resident chamber ensemble of The Glenn Gould School. His chamber music expertise has seen him perform with fellow artists including Bryan Epperson, St. Lawrence Quartet, Madawaska Quartet, Martin Beaver, Ifor James, Joel Quarrington, Amici Chamber Ensemble, Erika Raum, Steven Dann, Anna Redekop, Mark Fewer, James Sommerville, James Campbell, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Raymond Luedeka, Avram Galper, Nora Shulman, and actor Colin Fox (for Strauss’s Enoch Arden).
He is best known as half of Canada’s foremost piano duo team, Anagnoson & Kinton. Since 1976 to the present, as a member of the Anagnoson & Kinton, Leslie Kinton has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The duo has played with the major orchestras across Canada including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Victoria Symphony, and the C.B.C. Vancouver Orchestra; they have a discography of nine recordings. Anagnoson & Kinton are a mainstay of CBC Radio, and they have also broadcast on the BBC, National Public Radio in the U.S.A., Czech Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, Hong Kong Radio, and Radio Suisse Romande. In December 2004, they had an eight-concert tour of China and returned for another eight concerts in 2006. In December 2007, Anagnoson & Kinton performed in Prague as part of the annual Martinů Festival in the Czech Republic, and in October 2008, gave recitals and master classes in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of the 8th Annual Conservatoire Festival in Glazunov Hall. During the summer 2012, the duo was invited to perform in Poland where they played concerts in Poznan and in Antonin for the Chopin Society. In 2014, Anagnoson & Kinton performed in Toronto’s Koerner Hall with Emanuel Ax and Stewart Goodyear as part of “Pianopalooza”, as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thompson Hall. In 2019, Anagnoson & Kinton were named Honorary Fellows of The Royal Conservatory of Music. The designation of Honorary Fellow, the highest designation conferred by the organization, is awarded to a distinguished group of individuals and organizations who have made an extraordinary contribution to arts and culture in Canada and beyond.
Leslie Kinton is an associate professor of piano performance at the Western University, in London, Ontario.