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
Music Director and concertmaster Joan Plana alternates his career in the US and Europe between the worlds of both modern and baroque violin. Since moving to New York in 2009, Joan has built an active career as solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Recipient of several prizes and awards, Joan has performed concerts all over Europe, Canada, US, Japan and China. A founding member of the baroque ensemble CONCITATO, he is the concertmaster of Baroque Band (Chicago), the American Baroque Orchestra, Concentus New York (Japan) and guest concertmaster in other baroque orchestras around the country. He has been a member of the European Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo D’Oro, Trinity Wall Street and Handel ad Haydn Society, among others. Born in Lleida, Catalunya, he holds degrees from the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the ESMUC (Barcelona). Joan currently resides in New York, where he is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the CUNY Graduate Center. Since 2014 he is on the faculty at the “Rethinking Bach” workshop at the Tokai University in Japan.