Give the Present a Past




The instrumental ensemble  Accademia d’Arcadia was born within the Fondazione Arcadia  to complete and crown its research and study work.

The ensemble is characterized by special care in the choice of programming, by  attention to the rediscovering of unpublished sources, and by an interpretation of early repertoires that combines historical performance practices with modern sensibility. This work joins together the aspects related to performance of music exclusively entrusted to period instruments and theoretical work through careful study of early sources, the attention given to performance practices, and the knowledge of related historical and cultural contexts.
The ensemble’s elaboration of music programs follows a thematic research with a broad spectrum, and single projects are dedicated to figures from the world of music, literature, art, and science.

Accademia d’Arcadia has been the first Early Music ensemble in Italy to program multi discipline performances: we propose performances that we like to define as “global” in their intention to stimulate more senses at one time and to place music into a wider, more modern, richer and more engaging  context. Through recent years Accademia d’Arcadia has authored various projects connecting Early Music with other disciplines (see  Galileo Project,  Artemisia Project).

Accademia d’Arcadia has performed concerts for the most important Italian and foreign festivals ad concert series and recorded for Brilliant Classics, Dynamic and Arcana|Outhere. (see Recordings page)


The vocal ensemble Accademia d’Arcadia was created in 2019, next to the instrumental group, already active since several years. It is formed by a group of young singers dedicated to the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, who share with their conductor Alessandra Rossi Lürig a deep fascination towards Seventeenth’s century Italian music.
Accademia d’Arcadia is supported by the musicological research activity of Fondazione Arcadia and thus benefits from of an indispensable instrument of theoretical and musical study.
In addition to an in-depth research on the unpublished repertoire, Accademia d’Arcadia stands out for its thorough attention to the declamatory aspect of the early Baroque, to the numerous interpretative nuances of the music and to the “affects” generated by the text.

The first large scale project of the vocal ensemble is dedicated to Alessandro Grandi, in collaboration with UtFaSol Ensemble. The project includes  the recording of Grandi’s motets (Celesti fiori, i motetti di Alessandro Grandi) and of a collection of Psalms (Lætatus sum🙂 for the label Arcana|Outhere,  concert tours and editions.

Alessandra Rossi Lürig is founder and conductor of both ensembles.


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