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Leonard Matczynski

Viola; Chamber Music Faculty

With a career in the performing arts spanning 30 years, Leonard Matczynski has worked as a concert violist, teacher and arts administrator. As director of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (New Hampshire), Matczynski oversees Apple Hill’s performance and administrative structure, its concert and touring programs, the Playing for Peace Program and long-term goals, including the development of new programs. He is the spokesman for Apple Hill’s mission and serves as its representative to the music community, patrons and general audience.

As a concert violist, Matczynski has studied with Martha Strongin Katz, Heidi Castleman and Karen Tuttle and has participated in chamber music studies with members of the Budapest, Cleveland and Guarneri Quartets. He pursued advanced studies at the International Musician's Seminar in Prussia Cove, England with Sandor Vegh. Matczynski has also been a soloist with many musical organizations and a guest artist at the Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Monadnock Music and Pepsico Summerfare festivals.

Throughout his career, Matczynski has been deeply involved in the training and mentoring of young performing artists. He has been on the faculty of The Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center, and he is currently on the viola and chamber music faculty of The Boston Conservatory and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. From 1993–2007, Matczynski was the founding executive director of Emmanuel Music in Boston (Massachusetts) and was responsible for the organization’s development through the production of over 200 cantatas of J.S. Bach. He also founded Emmanuel Music’s chamber series and expanded their innovative concert series. Matczynski has taken Emmanuel Music on tours of the U.S. and Europe with choreographer Mark Morris and stage director Peter Sellars and has co-produced six highly acclaimed compact discs with Emmanuel Music. Among them is a Bach Cantata disc with the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson released on the Nonesuch label to world-wide acclaim—it was named one of the top CDs of 2003 by The New York Times.

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