Jesse Manley has a fresh track for your hungry ears. Photo by Amanda Tipton. There are many reasons to create music, of course. There’s the pedestrian desire for popularity, there is the vaulted idea of artistic creation, but there are also less common reasons. For Jesse Manley, one reason seems to be archeological exploration. On […]
Heidi Brende Leathwood began performing at an early age, and as a teenager, was a prize-winner in the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Ruth
Slenzynska National Piano Competition, among others. Her CDs SmartSleep with Classical and SmartPlay with Classical have received airplay on classical stations nationwide and on Public Radio International. Equally at home with chamber music,
she has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony, and regularly collaborates with leading musicians in the Front Range. An active performer of new music, Dr. Leathwood has performed and recorded premieres of works by Gary C. White, Mark Robson, Christopher Brennan, Gilbert Biberian, Stephen Goss, Ricardo Iznaola, Rob Keeley, David Maslanka and Pulitzer prizewinning composer George Walker. She currently teaches at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where she is chair of the keyboard department.