photo by Irene Miller
Liesel Deppe was born in South Africa and received her undergraduate degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service enabled her to further her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany, where she obtained a Meisterklassendiplom. She spent one year with Alexa Still at the University of Colorado in Boulder, before moving to Canada where she obtained her M.Mus. degree from the University of Western Ontario. Liesel Deppe obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in November 2011 from the University of Toronto where she studied with Leslie Newman.
She has played with various ensembles and orchestras in South Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada. In the USA she was a member of the Central City Opera Company and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, while also playing as a substitute with the Colorado Springs Orchestra. In 2002 and 2003 she was a member of the National Academy Orchestra, with whom she also performed as a soloist. During the 2006-2007 season she was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, which enabled her to study with various flutists in the United Kingdom and Europe. Liesel is a member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and London Symphonia. She plays with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute musician and has on occasion played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra as well. She was a sessional flute instructor at the University of Windsor between 2015 and 2021 and has taken up bookkeeping on the side.