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.
Apple Hill exists to perform, teach, and create chamber music at the highest standard, broaden the appreciation of chamber music through the development of educational programs, and cultivate connection and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, playing levels, and ages through the Playing for Peace program.
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
Called “dashing and extraordinary” by The Strad Magazine, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire, neglected masterpieces, and music from around the world, as well as world premieres and commissioned pieces.
Apple Hill has a full season ahead. Visit our concerts page to learn about Apple Hill concerts near you.
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.
The application for the 2019 Summer Chamber Music Workshop is now available online!