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Arcadia Winds



Kiran Phatak flute
David Reichelt oboe
Lloyd Van’t Hoff clarinet
Matthew Kneale bassoon
Rachel Shaw French horn


The Arcadia Winds was formed in 2013 by five 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 came together at the Australian National Academy of Music, where they embarked on a musical mission they pursue to this day. This mission is founded on a commitment to energetic, joyful and spontaneous performances, Australian music played by Australian musicians, and making music accessible to all.

Since its formation, the Arcadia Winds has embarked on a whirlwind journey that has included competitions, festivals, collaborations, commissions, teaching, composition, curation, and concerts all around the country.

In 2015 Arcadia Winds were chosen as the inaugural Musica Viva Australia FutureMakers musicians, commencing their two year fellowship last September. 2016 activity sees the group performing in Tectonics Adelaide as part of the 2016 Adelaide Festival, at the Four Winds Festival, the BBC Proms Australia Chamber Music series and for Musica Viva’s Coffee Concerts series in Melbourne and Sydney. The group will premiere several new commissions and perform works by young Australian composers and curate an education program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University and be involved in community outreach at the South Coast Music Camp (Bega, NSW). In 2017 Arcadia Winds will appear in the Musica Viva Festival and finish their FutureMakers fellowship performing in the Musica Viva Melbourne Coffee Concerts for a second time.

Musica Viva FutureMakers is the national ensemble music presenter’s prestigious new artist development initiative, 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.