Founded in 1971 and situated on 100 acres of fields and woodlands in rural New Hampshire, Apple Hill is a unique center of chamber music performance and education. Led by Director Leonard Matczynski and the Apple Hill String Quartet, the only resident string quartet in the state of New Hampshire, Apple Hill is one of the few centers in the country that has a home campus, resident musicians, educational programs for aspiring musicians, and Playing for Peace, an outreach program that focuses on social change through chamber music.
With a career in the performing arts spanning 30 years, Leonard Matczynski has worked as a concert violist, teacher, and arts administrator. As Executive and Artistic Director of Apple Hill, he shapes Apple Hill’s performance and administrative structure, its concert and tour programs, Playing for Peace, its long-range plans, and the development of new initiatives. He is the spokesperson for Apple Hill’s mission, and its representative to the music community, patrons, and audiences. Learn more
Since its founding in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire – including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel – as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces. As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Quartet is featured in the summer concert series held every Tuesday night at the Center in Nelson, N.H. These concerts attract hundreds of visitors and have become a mainstay of the Monadnock area summer music offerings. Learn more
The Apple Hill String Quartet and Director Leonard Matczynski will be traveling to Peru April 3-17. They will kick off the tour with a concert at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C. on April 2. While in Peru, they will teach master classes in chamber music and the Quartet will perform concerts in Lima and Cusco in an effort to form new partnerships with Peruvian students and music schools. Apple Hill has traveled to numerous places throughout the U.S. and the world to fulfill the mission of Playing for Peace.
“We hope that the new connections we make in Peru will entice students to attend the Summer Chamber Music Workshop on our campus in Nelson to enhance the incredible diversity we have here during the summer. Our students learn to play music and to communicate and connect with each other in ways they never imagined,” says Director Leonard Matczynski.
With equal focus on rigorous instruction and supportive community, the Summer Chamber Music Workshop has fostered musical growth since its founding in 1971. Director Lenny Matczynski, the Apple Hill String Quartet and renowned faculty coach musicians of all ages, levels, and cultures who are placed in chamber groups by ability rather than age.
Thank you to the generous donors and friends who make it possible for Apple Hill to live its mission of social change through music. Here are some of the ways we invite you to consider supporting Apple Hill. Learn more.