Photo by Madison Miles
Cecilia Vacanti is a classically trained violinist and violist, and a fiddler. She grew up in a musical family in Syracuse, New York. In 2015, Cecilia studied violin with Ittzés Tamás at the Kodály music conservatory high school in Hungary.
In 2020 Cecilia graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in violin performance with a focus on American Roots music. In college she studied multi-style fiddle with bluegrass and old-time legends Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky, and swing with jazz virtuoso Jason Anick. She is currently continuing her studies privately with Grammy-nominee Jeremy Kittel.
Cecilia plays a wide range of fiddle styles for dances and has a strong foundation in pop, rock and jazz, as well as in improvisation and tune-writing. Cecilia’s distinctive sound and imaginative improvisation keeps her in demand in the singer-songwriter scene and a sought-after collaborator for folk dances all over the Northeast. She was a founding member of indie-folk group Old Tom & the Lookouts, and she currently plays in the electrifying Boston-based contra dance band Kingfisher. She has shared stages with Lucius, I'm With Her, Aoife O'Donovan, Jessye DeSilva, Adeem The Artist, The 8-Bit Big Band and Frank Turner.