“The best way to learn conducting is to conduct, the second best way is to watch other conductors conduct.” On meeting Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Royal College of Music, those words were followed by a kind invitation to observe his rehearsals at the Philharmonia. Adam has also attended the rehearsals of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder.
At the early age of 24, Adam graduated from his Masters degree in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music with a distinction and the Robert Newwitt prize for conducting. Whilst there he studied under Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, as well as receiving masterclasses from Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko and Juanjo Mena.
Adam is gaining experience and recognition as a conductor of a wide range of repertoire. He has assisted conductors Juanjo Mena, Gianandrea Noseda and John Storgards at the BBC Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Adam has also directed the Northern Baroque Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Stockport Symphony Orchestra in concert. Adam made his Wigmore Hall debut conducting musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music in a performance of ‘Upon All The Notes,’ with composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle present.
Recent performances include Adam conducting his own new orchestral work Celestial City with the Chester Philharmonic as well as concerts with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and Crosby Symphony Orchestra.