Leslie Kinton was born in Toronto and studied piano with Pierre Souvairan and Boris Berlin as well as composition with Samuel Dolin. He studied piano in New York with Jeaneane Dowis and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. He has a PhD in music theory from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Schenkerian analysis; his dissertation was a study of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 with two of the world’s most renowned Schenkerian theorists, David Beach and Edward Laufer.
Starting in 1976, as a member of the Anagnoson & Kinton piano duo, Kinton has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The duo has played with the major orchestras across Canada, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, Victoria Symphony and CBC Vancouver Orchestra; they have a discography of nine recordings. Anagnoson & Kinton are on CBC radio regularly, and broadcast on the BBC, National Public Radio in the U.S., Czech Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, Hong Kong Radio and Radio Suisse Romande. In 2004 and 2006, they toured China. In 2007, the duo performed at the Martinů Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic, and gave recitals and master classes in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2008 at the Conservatoire Festival. During 2012, they performed in Poland for the Chopin Society.
Kinton is one of Canada’s best known and most sought-after chamber musicians and is a founding member of ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory), the resident chamber ensemble of the Glenn Gould School. He has performed with fellow artists including Bryan Epperson, the St. Lawrence Quartet, the Madawaska Quartet, Martin Beaver, Ifor James, Joel Quarrington, the Amici Chamber Ensemble, Erika Raum, Steven Dann, Anna Redekop, Mark Fewer, Dennis Brott, James Sommerville, James Campbell, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Raymond Luedeka, Avram Galper, Nora Shulman, the York Winds, and actor Colin Fox (for Strauss’s Enoch Arden).
Kinton is an associate professor of piano performance at Western.