Artistic Director

Leonard Hindell, Artistic Director

Bassoonist Leonard Hindell was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1972 until 2005. He studied with Stephen Maxym at the Henry Street Settlement Music School and later at the Manhattan School of Music where he won the coveted Harold Bauer Award. Following his graduation in 1964, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Mr. Hindell has given solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall and at Merkin Concert Hall. His program often included new music for the bassoon composed for him by contemporary composers such as Alvin Brehm, Howard Rovics, Ludmila Ulehla, Charles Wuorinen, Ronald Roseman and Katherine Hoover. In 1975 The Metropolitan Opera invited Mr. Hindell to accompany them as principal bassoon on their first tour to Japan. He was a featured soloist at the 1979 International Double Reed Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Also active in chamber music, he appeared with outstanding chamber music ensembles in the metropolitan area; at Newport, Rhode Island; Marblehead Festival in Massachusetts and The Waterloo Music Festival in Stanhope, New Jersey. For ten years he was a member of the ‘Lark Woodwind Quintet.’

Mr. Hindell served on the committee that helped establish the Philharmonic Ensembles, a series of chamber music programs featuring members of the New York Philharmonic in its series at Merkin Concert Hall.

From 1988 to 1992 he toured Japan and Hong Kong during the summers with the New York Symphonic Ensemble as soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. He has also participated in many recordings. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and later in the Lincoln Center “Great Performers” series with violinist Vladimir Spivakov In1993 he was invited by Zubin Mehta to join him and the Israel Philharmonic on their South American summer tour.

Mr. Hindell has taught at The Manhattan School of Music , Purchase Suny, and The Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, as well as given Master Classes at NYU, Mannes, Peabody Concervetory, U. of Florida, Gainsville, U. of California, Fresno, Ithaca College Conservatory, Ball State U. and UMKC Conservatory

Currently, Mr. Hindell is on the faculties of the Mannes School of Music and the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU.