Adam Lee is a Scottish clarinettist and alumnus of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), where he graduated with a BMus Performance degree with Honours of the First Class. During his time at the RCS, Adam studied clarinet with John Cushing and Tim Orpen, bass clarinet with Heather Nicoll and E flat clarinet with Joe Pacewicz.
His musical journey began in Primary School at the age of 9, studying with Rachel Considine and then Alison Waller from 2015 at the RCS Junior Conservatoire where he won the 2016/17 Gilbert Innes Woodwind Prize and was selected as a concerto soloist to perform with the Junior Conservatoire Symphony and the West of Scotland Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.
Adam was awarded a Robertson Trust scholarship in recognition of his potential upon audition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and enjoyed great success throughout his undergraduate degree. In February 2018, he was awarded a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Clarinet Scholarship, performing in a live final at the RNCM with performers from all UK Conservatoires. He was selected as a finalist in the 2019 RCS Concerto Competition and was due to appear in the final of the 2020 Dunbar Gerber Chamber Music Prize which was unable to take place due to the pandemic. He won the 2020 Governors Recital Prize for Woodwind at the RCS - the first time that the competition took place online. In June 2021, he was announced as the winner of both concerto prizes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and will return to perform Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 and Crusell's Clarinet Concerto No. 2 with the RCS Symphony Orchestra.
Recent achievements include being awarded Distinction in the 2021 Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition, First Prize in the CASSGB Clarinet Soloist Competition, and being awarded The Principal’s Prize for All Round Excellence in the School of Music at RCS.
Since 2020, Adam has worked as a freelance clarinettist with the BBC SSO and RSNO. He won a competitive seat in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra apprenticeship scheme in February 2020 and later in 2020, he successfully auditioned for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra apprenticeship scheme which involved rehearsals and a recorded concert of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony arranged for Wind Ensemble.
In September 2021, Adam will begin his studies on the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music, London, studying with Tim Lines and Richard Hosford.
As a composer, Adam studied with Tom Wilson, Oliver Searle, John De Simone, and Audrey McPherson. He has completed seven works, one of which - “Hallaig” - won the Ten Wee Drams Competition and was premiered by Sarah Watts at the Isle of Raasay Distillery in April 2019. Since then, it has been published by the Scottish Music Centre and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In October 2020, Adam completed a commission for the Scottish Clarinet Choir which will be premiered in Autumn 2021. He is looking forward to collaborating with the clarinettist Laura Hundert, developing a new work for clarinet as part of her “Laura in Wonderland” project, due to take place in Autumn 2021.
Adam is also a passionate teacher, currently teaching 6 pupils throughout Ayrshire and Greater Glasgow. He has experience tutoring in bands and orchestras, giving one to one lessons from beginner to ABRSM Grade 8 and has a 100% pass rate in pupils who have been entered for an ABRSM exam. He holds a DipABRSM in Clarinet Teaching with Distinction, awarded in September 2020. 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 2017.
Adam was a Robertson scholar from 2017-2021. He is thankful for support from Dewar Arts Awards, The Cross Trust, Help Musicians, CASSGB, The Caird Trust and the Hattori Foundation.