Adam Lee is a Scottish clarinettist, soloist, teacher, and composer. He is the Principal Clarinet No. 2 of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
His musical journey began in Primary School, aged 8, with Rachel Considine before continuing his studies
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.
He went on to study at the Royal College of Music, London, with Timothy Lines, Richard Hosford, Peter
Sparks, Barnaby Robson & Bob Hill. He graduated in July 2023 with a Master of Performance with
Distinction and the Tagore Gold Medal.
As an orchestral musician, Adam has appeared as Guest Principal with the Orchestra of
the Royal Opera House (on trial), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of Opera North,
and as Guest Assistant Principal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Aurora
Adam is also an experienced soloist. After winning all concerto prizes during his
undergraduate and postgraduate studies, he performed concerti by Helen Grime,
James MacMillan and Carl Nielsen, as well as John Veale, Carl Maria von Weber and
Malcolm Arnold. As a recitalist, he has performed in venues such as the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal College of Music and the 1901 Arts Club.
As an award-winning composer, he has had his work broadcast on BBC Radio 3,
as well as completing commissions for the Hyde Clarinet Quartet, the Scottish
Clarinet Choir and for the clarinettist Laura Hundert.
Alongside his performance career, Adam is committed to education through his
private teaching, as an Ambassador for the RCS Woodwind Department and in his
role on the Board of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.
Adam was a Robertson Trust Scholar from 2017-2021, a Leverhulme Arts Scholar in
2021/22 and a Rhona Reid Charitable Trust Award Holder in 2022/23. He is
immensely grateful to these organisations, as well as the CASSGB, Caird Trust,
Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Cross Trust, Dewar Arts Awards, Drake Calleja
Trust, Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians, Henry Wood Accommodation Trust,
McGlashan Charitable Trust & the NYOS Colin McLean Bursary, who all generously
supported his postgraduate studies.