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Leonard Lopatin, Flute

Leonard Eli Lopatin, a native of New York City, studied flute performance
with Harold Bennett at the Manhattan School of Music and then with Arthur Lora at
the Juilliard School. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree from
Juilliard in 1976, he was appointed to the position of third flute and piccolo in the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which position he held for three years. Because
of his growing interest in flute making, he left the opera in 1979 to work
for Brannen Brothers, Flutemakers. He established himself as a fully independent
flute maker in 1994. As a freelance flutist in the Boston area, he performed
with the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras, the Opera Company of Boston, the
Harvard Chamber Orchestra, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, as well as in
solo and chamber settings. After moving to Asheville, North Carolina, he has
performed with the Asheville Lyric Opera, the Asheville Choral Society, the
Knoxville Symphony, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic, among others, and is currently
second flute with the Asheville Symphony and principal flute with the Land o’ the Sky Symphonic Band.