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Camden Archambeau


2024 & 2023 Fellow

Camden M. Archambeau is a cellist and conductor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He studied History and German and cello performance in the Harvard–New England Conservatory (NEC) Dual Degree program. This year he is serving as Artist-in-Residence in Lowell House at Harvard University where he directs a chamber music series in partnership with the Signet Society for Arts and Letters. In September, he will begin studies at Juilliard in the studios of Joel Krosnick and David Finckel.

Camden has extensive orchestral and chamber experience in the United States and in Europe. He has completed two residencies at the Stauffer Center for Strings in Cremona, Italy studying with the Quartetto di Cremona and Antonio Meneses. He has attended festivals including the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the 2023 and 2024 Fellowship in the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has studied with members of the Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Ying, Cavani, Tokyo, and Parker Quartets. He has served as Principal Cellist of the New York String Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, and as Assistant Principal of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA 2019 European Tour.

Recent appearances include concerts at Dumbarton Oaks, St. Bartholomew the Great in London, Carnegie Hall, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University Hall, and the Signet Society. He received Honorable Mention in the 2022 Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra James Yannatos Concerto Competition, First Prize in the NFMC Mary Alice Cox String Award, and was a National YoungArts winner. For his work as a cellist and conductor, he received the Robert Levin Prize for Undergraduate Musical Performance from Harvard College, where he was selected to appear as a soloist in three Harvard commencement ceremonies. Camden has performed in masterclasses with Steven Doane, Joseph Lin, Johannes Moser, Franz Helmerson, Astrid Schween, Hans Jorgen Jensen, David Geber, Julia Lichten, and Jonathan Koh. Camden has appeared on NPR’s “From the Top. At NEC, he was a student of Paul Katz and studied previously with Sieun Lin and David Finckel at the Juilliard Pre-College Division.

Camden is a member of the chamber music faculty and serves as an assistant conductor with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Camden served as the Music Director of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra under Maestro Federico Cortese between 2021 and 2023. In 2024, Camden joined the board of directors of Concord Chamber Music Society.