Andrew Arceci Named Artistic Director of Arcadia Players

Arcadia Players, the western Massachusetts-based Early Music ensemble, has named Andrew Arceci as its next Artistic Director. Arceci is a well-known performer, teacher, composer, and scholar who has appeared with Arcadia Players playing viola da gamba, violone, and double bass. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and the University of Oxford. He directed the Collegium Musicum at Wellesley College from 2015-2020, and since 2016, has led the Winchendon Music Festival in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He succeeds Ian Watson, who led Arcadia Players for 10 years, departing after the 2018 concert season.

Jon Solins, President of the Board of Directors of Arcadia Players, noted that “after a long and complex audition process, in which we had to make a very difficult choice among three gifted and creative finalists, we are delighted that Andrew Arceci will be joining us as we move into the new realities and new opportunities of the post-COVID era. We look forward to working with Andrew to continue our long tradition of bringing inspired historically-informed performances of great music to audiences in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.”

About Andrew Arceci

Multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Arceci, has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Recording credits include APM Music/Juice Music, Cedille Records, Centaur Records, Music & Arts, NPR, PRI, Silent Witness––television series by BBC One (UK), BBC Radio 3 (UK), Novum (UK), Bôłt Records/Monotype Records (Poland), Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Germany), and Deutschlandradio (Germany). He has taught at several institutions, including Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley College (Director, Collegium Musicum), and Worcester State University. Additionally, he has given lectures, masterclasses, and/or workshops at Illinois Wesleyan University, the International Baroque Institute at Longy-Bard College, the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, the Narnia Arts Academy (Italy), Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan), and Burapha University (Thailand). He was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University during the 2019-2020 academic year.

About Arcadia Players

Founded in 1989, Arcadia Players is a professional ensemble of musicians specializing in historical performance practice and dedicated to presenting music of the past in a fresh light for audiences old and new. We offer a series of concerts each year in communities around western Massachusetts and beyond, bringing together artists and audiences from throughout the region to engage listeners and showcase the work of area performers. Arcadia Players is in residence at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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