Leslie Hirsch, baroque violin, was a member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra from 1988-1999, as a performer of both violin and viola. Leslie studied with Jaap Schroeder and Monica Huggett while a musician in the PBO. Her initial training in baroque music performance was from Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichordist and director of the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. Leslie was a violinist in this Santa Cruz Baroque ensemble from 1979-1988 before moving to Portland.
Leslie played classical violin from 1973-1974 in the San Diego Symphony, and from 1968-1973 with the Atlanta Symphony, under the direction of Robert Shaw. Leslie holds a Masters of Music degree from Ball State University and a B.F.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In July, 2010 Leslie retired from 10 years of teaching strings to students of the Reynolds School District in Portland.