“This music is beautiful, and it would be a shame to see it lost in time,” Hui added “Plus, music can serve to open a window for us to peer into different cultures and different times. Our modern world will benefit greatly if we continue to stay curious not just about the future but also our past; the past forms our present, and it is critical for us to see it with a critical lens so we can appreciate what good the past brought and what ill we should avoid repeating.”
Acker’s interest in education led him to start, with his wife, an online music school in 2020 called Arpeggiato. More than 500 lessons have been taught to students around the world including Saudi Arabia, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Acker’s performance career has varied from playing electric guitar in metal bands to his current focus researching and performing on early plucked instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
He has toured extensively through England, Canada, Scotland and Wales, and performed with notable groups such as the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Piffaro, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Newberry Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Music of the Baroque, Third Coast Baroque, Opera Lafayette and Bella Voce.