Faculty

Lenny Matczynski

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General Info

Titles

Instructor of Instrumental Studies

Specialties

Viola

Leonard Matczynski is an instructor of instrumental studies in viola at the Conservatory. He has worked as a concert violist, teacher, and arts administrator, with a career in the performing arts that spans 30 years. As director of New Hampshire's Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, he makes decisions that shape Apple Hill’s performance and administrative structure, its concert and touring programs, the Playing for Peace initiative, its long-range plans, and the development of new programs. He is the spokesman for Apple Hill’s mission and its representative to the music community, patrons, and audiences.

As a concert violist, Matczynski studied with Martha Strongin Katz, Heidi Castleman, and Karen Tuttle, participated in chamber music studies with members of the Budapest, Cleveland, and Guarneri quartets, and pursued advanced studies at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, with Sándor Végh. He has been on the faculty of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center and is currently on the viola and chamber music faculty of Boston Conservatory.

From 1993 to 2007, Matczynski was the founding executive director of Boston’s Emmanuel Music ensemble, responsible for the organization’s development through performances of Bach cantatas; the complete chamber, vocal, and piano works of Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, and John Harbison; operas by Handel, Mozart, and Schubert; and innovative collaborations and tours with stage director Peter Sellars, choreographer Mark Morris, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

Outside of Apple Hill, he was one of the founders and past chairs of Arts Alive, an organization that promotes arts and culture in the Monadnock region, and has been chosen to participate in the 2016 Leadership NH program, which increases civic involvement in communities by educating and connecting emerging leaders from throughout New Hampshire.