Adrian Adlam

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Adrian Adlam (born 24 December 1963) is a British violinist, conductor and music educator. He was educated at Westminster Abbey, Winchester College, Conservatoire Royale de Musique of Brussels and the Hochschule fur Musik, Hanover.

Adlam has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He has appeared as concertmaster with several European orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra,[1] the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in which he has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Bernstein, Boulez, Mehta, Solti, Ozawa, Haitink, Davis and Tilson Thomas.

Adlam is known as a soloist for his performances of the concerti by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Wieniawski, Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi. Adlam's CD recordings of works for violin by Carl Nielsen received a Pizzicato Supersonic award in 2007.[2] Adlam's recording of the Schubert Octet was voted surround sound audio DVD of the year 2004 by the Verband Deutscher Tonmeister ,[3] and his performance there has been characterized as showing "almost superhuman strength and virtuosity".[4][5][6]

As co-founder and artistic director of the International Freden Music Festival (Internationale Fredener Musiktage) in Germany, Adlam is responsible for the programming and commissioning of new works by some of the leading contemporary composers. On 6 August 2005, he played in the world premiere of Christian Jost's eingefroren (Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano) at the Freden Festival.[7] The festival was awarded the Praetorius Musikpreis Niedersachsen from the state of Niedersachsen in 2010.[8]

As a member of the Hans Koller Octet, Adlam appeared in the 2007 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.[9] He also directs the Winchester Music Festival Orchestra and has been teaching at Winchester College.[10]


  • English Orchestral SongsBBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (orchestra), Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Adrian Adlam (leader). Label: Hyperion Records.
  • Carl Nielsen Violin Sonatas – Adrian Adlam (violin), Christopher Oakden (piano). Label: Eigenart.[11]
  • Schubert: Octet, D. 803 – Camerata Freden: Adrian Adlam (violin), Cristiano Gualco (violin), Michael Hesselink (clarinet), Marjolein Dispa (viola), Michel Dispa (cello), Ilka Emmert (double-bass), Letizia Viola (bassoon), Ron Schaaoer (French horn). Label: Tacet.


  1. ^ London Symphony Orchestra, Complete Discography. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  2. ^ Pizzicato Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine, January 2005 Issue, quoted on Reviews: Carl Nielsen Violin Sonatas at Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  3. ^ VDT Surround-Sound Prizes 2000 - 2004. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  4. ^ Laurence Vittes, Review: Schubert: Octet, D. 803, Audiophile Audition (online magazine), March 2005. Retrieved December 21, 2008
  5. ^ Schubert: Octet In F Major / Camerata Freden , Retrieved 21 March 2011
  6. ^ Ung-aang Talay, Serene Lyricism and Seductive Tone: Camerata Freden Plays Schubert's Octet, Recorded in Surround-Sound Archived 15 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Bangkok Post, 6 October 2005. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  7. ^ Schott Music, eingefroren Archived 12 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  8. ^ Praetorius Musikpreis.Niedersachsen[permanent dead link] Lower Saxony 2010
  9. ^ Spencer Evans, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007 (review of the Hans Koller Octet at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival), BBC Gloucester, 5 August 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2008
  10. ^ Music: Mr Adrian Adlam Archived 20 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Winchester College 2011
  11. ^ Rick La Salle, Adrian Adlam fasziniert mit Violinmusik von Carl Nielsen Archived 11 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine (review of Carl Nielsen Violin Sonatas), Pro-Classics Newsletter, November/December 2004 (in German). Retrieved 20 December 2008.

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