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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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

Leslie Kwan

General Director

Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for her " stylish, rock steady harpsichord playing", New York native Leslie Kwan has quickly garnered a reputation for her remarkable artistic range as a soloist, continuo player, and conductor. While studying with pianist Ana Maria Trenchi de Bottazzi, Leslie made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age 11. She continued her training at LaGuardia High School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division where she studied piano with Ubaldo Diaz- Acosta, and viola with Paula Washington and Sol Greitzer.

During her junior year of college, Ms. Kwan switched from piano to harpsichord when she realized Baroque music “felt like home” and completed her Bachelor's degree with harpsichordist Sonia Grib at Hofstra University. Leslie went on to get her Masters of Music degree with harpsichordist Arthur Haas at the Mannes College of Music, where she was a Helena Rubenstein scholar.

In 2005, Leslie made her New World Symphony debut to critical acclaim. As the harpsichordist of the New World Symphony from 2005-2010, she performed under the direction of notable conductors Ton Koopman, Robert King, Scott Yoo, Edwin Outwater, and Nicolas McGegan.

Ms. Kwan founded L'Académie with choral conductor Michael Barrett in February 2009. In just a few seasons, L'Académie received critical acclaim for its elegant sound, as well as its intelligent, stylish programming. The innovative mission- presenting chamber music concerts at health institutions in Greater Boston as a social service is what makes L'Académie unique from other orchestras.

Leslie now divides her time between France and the UK, and for the 2019/20 season, recitals and chamber music performances will take her to Paris, Bordeaux, London, Amsterdam, Boston, Berkley, Chicago and D.C.