Leslie Huggett's 60-year international career included those of orchestral and freelance musician, soloist, chamber player, musical director, manager, producer, arts consultant and advisor, music coach, music critic and record producer. Before forming, directing and managing the internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble, The Huggett Family, Leslie Huggett performed with a number of the leading London orchestras and in Canada with the Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec symphonies. As well as serving on audition and adjudication committees, Leslie Huggett taught performance practice at Carleton University and coached many talented instrumentalists currently performing in North American and European orchestras. He performed much of the solo French horn repertoire and directed chamber music in recital for CBC radio and television. This versatile instrumentalist also received a number of Canada Council research and performance study grants (for strings and woodwinds in London and Switzerland). Leslie Huggett with his ensemble completed 3 cross-Canada concert tours. The Huggett Family's successful collaboration with Harry Freedman and Brian Macdonald for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' production of Romeo and Juliet resulted in over 80 performances across Canada and the United States. The Huggett Family were also featured in television specials in North America on CBC and PBS and in the UK on BBC. While in London, The Huggett Family recorded albums of renaissance and folk music with Sir George Martin (the legendary Beatles producer). Mr Huggett`s success in Europe extended from London's Festival and Wigmore Halls, to festivals in France, Germany and Greece.
Leslie Huggett`s passionate, intelligent and insightful approach to music-making led him to become a highly regarded and sought-after teacher by discerning professionals and advanced students seeking to carve out an individual place for themselves in the musical world.
Together with his wife, Margaret, Leslie Huggett founded the Markham Music Academy (formerly The Flute Studio), where nurturing musical talent in young musicians and passing on his lifelong passion for music have been the driving force from the beginning.
Past students include:
John Macdonald (winner of the Munich ARD International Music Competition and principal horn with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony)
Nathan Brock (Resident Conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra)
Founding members of Quartetto Gelato
Beverley Johnston (solo percussionist)
Joseph Petric (concert accordionist)
Camille Watts (solo piccolo with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra).