Listen to Lecolion's album “Legacy: Music for Bassoon by African-American Composers.”
After over 20 years as a performing bassoonist, 15 years as a music professor, and ten years as an arts administrator, Lecolion Washington has established himself as a leader for the next generation of arts entrepreneurs; and he has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change.
Lecolion is the Executive Director of Community Music Center of Boston. Before moving to Boston, Lecolion was the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis from 2009-2017, and he was the founder of the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. In 2015, he was named one of the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. He was selected as a 2019 Musical America’s Top Professional of the Year, honoring Innovators, Independent Thinkers, and Entrepreneurs celebrated as a 2020 Boston HUBWeek “Change Maker,” and he is the 2020 Chamber Music America Conference Planning Committee Chair. He was selected as one of Musical America’s 2019 Professionals of the Year, honoring Innovators, Independent Thinkers, and Entrepreneurs celebrated as a 2020 Boston HUBWeek “Change Maker,” and was a 2020 Chamber Music America Conference Planning Committee Chair. Lecolion was a recipient of the Sphinx’s Organization’s MPower Artist Grant to support a mentorship initiative for young artists and entrepreneurs in 2020-21.
Lecolion has performed solo recitals and master classes at colleges and universities worldwide as a bassoonist. He has been a featured solo and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Brazil, South Africa, Canada, and Switzerland. As an orchestral musician, Lecolion has performed as guest principal and/or co-principal bassoon with orchestras such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. He served on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa from 2006-2013. His CD entitled “Legacy: Music for Bassoon by African-American Composers” was released on the Albany Records label.