David Adams

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Since the mid-'80s, the Irish David Adams has been a prize-winning performer on both organ and harpsichord throughout Europe. He emerged as a former organ scholar of St Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity,…
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Since the mid-'80s, the Irish David Adams has been a prize-winning performer on both organ and harpsichord throughout Europe. He emerged as a former organ scholar of St Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity, studying his twin keyboards in the rich musical climates of both Freiburg, Germany, and Amsterdam. He was the first winner of the Dublin International Organ Competition in 1986. He performs regularly with many Irish orchestras, and is also involved in traditional Celtic styles and chamber music. Adams has performed with ensembles such as Christ Church Baroque, SurPlus, and the hopefully not accident-prone Crash Ensemble. Adams also conducts operas, including contemporary works by Raymond Deane and Kevin O'Connell. He has conducted the Ulster Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, the latter group in a special series focusing on Bach cantatas. Adams has released a solo organ CD as well as recordings on labels such as Naxos, Black Box, and EZM. One of his most widely heard performances is on the debut solo effort of Celtic vocalist Meav, of Riverdance fame. Adams' activities as a teacher include stints at the Freiburg Hochschule, the Berlin Hochschule, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.