"...A festival highlight. Bursting with sonic potential...
- Sydney Morning Herald
"...A gripping account of intricate gestures and sparky rhythms..."
- Sydney Morning Herald
The Arcadia Quintet was formed in 2013 by five like-minded young Australian musicians who shared a love of playing together and a passion for wind chamber music.
Kiran Phatak, David Reichelt, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, Matthew Kneale and Rachel Shaw played together in various combinations for a number of years as members of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and as students at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). During that time they developed a belief that, as wind musicians instinctively breathe together and are capable of creating an enormous variety of sound worlds, the wind quintet is an outstanding chamber medium that can rival the very best string quartets. They are excited about sharing this with their audiences.
In November 2013 the Arcadia Quintet won First Prize in the ANAM Chamber Competition for their performance of György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet. They were awarded a Fellowship at ANAM shortly afterwards. 2014 saw them embark on a non-stop succession of concerts, tours and education programs. Highlights included performances and a residency at the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, NSW, tutoring at the South Coast Music Camp, a three-concert series at ANAM as well as performances at the Melbourne Festival and the Kew Courthouse.
2015 is shaping up to be just as busy, with upcoming performances at the University of Melbourne and the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Arcadia’s ambitions for the years to come involve exploring their passion for Australian music through commissioning works from young Australian composers; engaging with contemporary Australian, and international audiences through concerts of exciting and relevant wind quintet repertoire; and continuing their commitment to education by touring regionally with their education programs.
The Arcadia Quintet members have been chosen as the first Musica Viva FutureMakers musicians. FutureMakers is the national chamber and ensemble music organisation’s exciting and prestigious new artist development program, dedicated to empowering leading young virtuosi to become Australia’s the next generation of outstanding musical performers and flexible and curious artistic and entrepreneurial leaders and creating new pathways, attitudes and conventions. The holistic program is under the guidance of Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey. The group‘s two year fellowship commences in September 2015.