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Scottish clarinettist Adam Lee is an in-demand orchestral and solo performer. He is studying for a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music with Timothy Lines, Richard Hosford, Peter Sparks & Barnaby Robson. Adam is a

Rhona Reid Charitable Trust Award Holder supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust.

His musical journey began in Primary School, aged 8, with Rachel Considine before continuing his studies with Alison

Waller at the RCS Junior Conservatoire from 2015-2017. He chose to stay at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for

his undergraduate studies and graduated in July 2021 with a first-class BMus Performance degree and The Principal’s

Prize for Excellence, having studied with John Cushing, Tim Orpen, Heather Nicoll and Joe Pacewicz. Whilst there, he

won prizes in several conservatoire, national and international competitions.

Adam has appeared with Aurora Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Mozart Players, Opera North

and regularly works with the RSNO and BBC SSO, on trial with both for Associate Principal Clarinet and Sub-Principal

Clarinet respectively. From December 2022, he is also on trial for Principal Clarinet at the Royal Opera House, Covent

Garden. Adam has participated in sit-in schemes with the BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia


Adam is also an experienced soloist. He was selected, after audition, to perform Helen Grime's Clarinet

Concerto with the RCM New Perspectives Ensemble in March 2022 and returned to the RCS in May

2022 to perform Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with the RCS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by

Michael Seal. More recently, in September 2022 he performed James MacMillan's Clarinet Concerto

'Ninian' after winning the RCM’s prestigious Concerto Competition, and appeared with the Ayrshire

Symphony Orchestra in December 2022, performing John Veale’s Clarinet Concerto. As a recitalist,

he has recently performed for the Scottish Clarinet Festival and CASSGB Single Reed Festival in

ctober 2022 and is due to perform at the 1901 Arts Club, Waterloo in April 2023.

Adam is an award-winning composer and has had his work broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has

completed commissions for the Scottish Clarinet Choir and for the clarinettist Laura Hundert,

with whom he collaborated to develop a new work for clarinet as part of her “Laura in

Wonderland” project.

Alongside his performance career, Adam is a committed teacher and passionate advocate

of youth music in Scotland. He teaches several pupils throughout Ayrshire, Greater Glasgow

and London and was selected to be the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's Clarinet

Ambassador for 2022. In November 2022, Adam was appointed to the Board of the

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland as a Young Trustee. Adam’s commitment to

performance and music education was reflected by being selected as a finalist in the North

Ayrshire Provost’s Civic Pride Awards in the Arts and Culture and Young Citizen categories in


Adam was a Robertson scholar from 2017-2021. In 2021/22 he was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar

and was generously supported by The Hattori Foundation, Dewar Arts Awards, Help Musicians,

the Cross Trust, CASSGB and the Caird Trust.

For the 2022/23 academic year, Adam is supported by the Rhona Reid Charitable Trust, Henry

Wood Accommodation Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, NYOS Colin

McLean Bursary and the McGlashan Charitable Trust. He is thankful for continued support from

the Caird Trust and the Hattori Foundation and, of course, he is very grateful to all organisations

for their support.

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