Leesa Dean studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction) in 1987.
While at the Conservatorium, Leesa
was the recipient of numerous awards including the Yamaha Wind Prize
(1986), the Dulcie Robertson Bassoon Prize (1985, 1986, and 1987) and the Carl Nielsen Bursary (Bundaberg).
As a member of the Movellan Wind Quintet, Leesa participated in their highly successful tour of the United States where the Quintet won First Prize in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Los Angeles - the first non-American group to do so.
Leesa was a member of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 until 1990, and Principal Bassoon with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 2000.
appeared as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions.
has broadcast for the ABC
in works for bassoon, both with orchestra and piano, by Gubaidulina, Panufnik and Haydn
In 2001 Leesa
was Guest Principal Bassoon
with the China National Symphony, Beijing.
In 2002 she
was soloist with the Armenian String Virtuosi.
has appeared regularly at the Brisbane, Queensland Biennial and Bangalow Music Festivals.
Leesa is a founding member of Southern Cross Soloists and currently a Lecturer in bassoon at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.