David Adams

David Adams, formerly Leader of the Ulster Orchestra is now Leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. He has been Co-Artistic Director of the Goldberg Ensemble since 2003, and was tutor in violin at Royal Northern College of Music from 2000 to 2006.

Equally at home on violin and viola he has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble and now makes regular guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble. 

As leader of the Ulster Orchestra, David performed concertos and directed performances from the violin, and will continue to pursue these roles with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. David recorded the Beethoven String Quintets with the Endellion Quartet for Warner Classics in 2008 and has made several recordings with the Gould Piano Trio and Nash Ensemble.

David began his studies at the age of five with his father, principal viola in the Halle Orchestra. He continued his training with Malcolm Layfield at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and then in the USA with Zvi Zeitlin and Daniel Phillips.