Pianist Leslie Howard’s musical formation began in his land of birth, Australia and continued in Italy and England.
His wide repertoire ranges from the earliest compositions for the piano up to and including the works of the twentieth century. The music of Franz Liszt occupies an important place in Howard’s repertoire. For fourteen years, Howard was involved with the project of recording of all of Liszt’s works for solo piano. The result was 97 CDs, brought out on the Hyperion label, including some works which had never been played since Liszt’s death. The monumental project was greeted with critical acclaim.
Leslie Howard is currently President of the Liszt Society. He is also active as a composer. He gives solo concerts and recitals all over the world and also appears regularly as a member of the London Beethoven Trio.
Leslie Howard has sat on the jury of several important international piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition and the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. As part of the preparations for previous editions of the Liszt Competition, he gave a series of masterclasses in Asia, Russia and the U.S. in which piano students from leading conservatories took part. Leslie Howard is part of the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Liszt Competition.