Apple Hill exists to create, perform, and teach 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 and cultures through the Playing for Peace™ program. Founded in the early 1970′s, Apple Hill is a center of high-level classical music performance and teaching, stewarded today by the organization’s Director, Leonard Matczynski, and ensemble-in-residence, the Apple Hill String Quartet. This group of professional musicians presents concerts throughout the world and, for three months of the summer, teaches and coaches chamber music to participants of all ages and levels at Apple Hill’s beautiful facility in Nelson, New Hampshire.
In the early days of Apple Hill, the founding Apple Hill musicians developed a teaching and performing philosophy that exists today: that everyone is accepted for who they are at any level, that every person has an expressive voice to be heard, and that every participant deserves to be encouraged and supported equally. This unique philosophy of communal support has since inspired musicians of all ages and levels to learn from one another, to find their expressive voice at Apple Hill, and to share this voice with others in chamber music. Generations of participants, old and young, take this core philosophy home with them and keep this special place in the hills of Nelson NH close to their heart. Participants are also drawn to the warm family atmosphere of Apple Hill, where musicians, staff, their spouses and children share meals, chores and social events, creating a unique musical and human community.
Apple Hill invites audiences to share its music and its spirit with a number of concert events: a local series during the concert season in historic New Hampshire towns, and two summer series: Tuesday evening concerts from mid-June through mid-August featuring Apple Hill’s renowned summer faculty and, once the intensive daily coaching sessions are finished, participant concerts on weekends. Audiences share in the collaboration – hearing performances of chamber music full of insight, wonder, and discovery played with love, passion, and joy.