L'Académie is the critically acclaimed chamber orchestra that specializes in sharing the humanizing beauty of Baroque music. Our mission has two parts- to present stylish, world-class orchestral performances of French Baroque music and to share the transformative power of music through chamber music concerts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Massachusetts General Hospital series is supported in part by the Ribakoff Family Foundation.
L'Académie is the only chamber orchestra in the country whose sole mission is to contribute to the improvement of patient care through live chamber music concerts in hospitals as a holistic approach to healing.
Promote the healing power of music through weekly chamber music concerts at hospitals.
Promote our role as community ambassadors within the fabric of the Boston and beyond.
Leadership + Artists
Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for her "rock steady harpsichord playing", New York native Leslie Kwan has quickly garnered a reputation for her remarkable artistic range as a soloist, continuo player, coach and conductor. In 1999, Ms. Kwan earned a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of harpsichordist Arthur Haas, where she was a Helena Rubenstein Scholar. In 2005, she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut and her New World Symphony debut to critical acclaim. As the harpsichordist of the New World Symphony from 2005-2010, Ms. Kwan performed under the direction of Ton Koopman, Robert King, Scott Yoo, Edwin Outwater and Nicolas McGegan.
In February 2009, Ms Kwan founded L'Académie with choral conductor Michael Barrett as General Director. In four short seasons, L'Académie became a critically acclaimed period chamber orchestra which specializes in historically informed performance of French Baroque music. The orchestra's distinctive approach has been consistently praised for its intelligent, stylish programming and for it's innovative mission of presenting chamber music concerts at health institutions in Greater Boston. Future projects for Ms. Kwan include a solo recording and recitals in Boston, New York, London, Brussels and Paris in 2014.