lysander jaffe, viola
Lysander Jaffe is a versatile musician based in Boston. Raised by two jazz musicians in western Massachusetts, he studied classical violin and viola from a young age and discovered a love of folk singing as a teenager. A devoted student of traditional music, Lysander has studied with master musicians in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, Corsica, and the Republic of Georgia. He lived abroad in Russia and the U.K. before earning his B.A. in Russian at Williams College. Since graduation, his omnivorous tastes and talents have led him to venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and national television in Kosovo and Georgia. He has toured internationally with Northern Harmony and appeared as a soloist with The Christmas Revels.
His current projects include Palaver Strings, a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit, and Culomba, a vocal trio with eclectic repertoire from around the world. As an educator, Lysander is passionate about creating meaningful musical experiences for musicians and singers of all levels. He offers group and private instruction on violin, viola, and voice, as well as choir and ensemble coaching.