London, Britain (UK)
Adam Spiers is a multi-genre cellist whose repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, tango, Latin, bluegrass, folk, and pop.
Originally classically trained, as a teenager he was appointed principal cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing solos under Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican and Mark Wigglesworth at the BBC Proms, before completing a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. As principal cellist with Sinfonia Cymru for several years, he performed with renowned soloists such as Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Anthony Marwood, Guy Johnston, John Lill, and Li-Wei Qin.
A few years ago during a visit to the USA, he discovered a strong passion for the improvisatory and creative side of string playing which is particularly prevalent in places such as Boston, Nashville, New York, and California. He now regularly travels to the USA for music, studying with / performing alongside leading multi-genre string players such as Christian Howes, Billy Contreras, Mads Tolling, Mike Block, Darol Anger, and Victor Lin, and most recently played at the Stanford Jazz Residency in California.
Back at home in London, he has guested with the Parliamentary Jazz Award-winning John Turville Trio at King's Place, and been filmed as the cellist of the London Tango Orchestra for a BBC documentary on Argentinian music. Current projects include a duo with jazz-folk singer/songwriter Monika Lidke, and a jazz trio with violinist Dan Oates and pianist John Cervantes.
Adam juggles his musical career with a long-running parallel career as a software engineer, a less successful pre-occupation with being a triathlete, and occasionally also juggles balls, clubs, and fire.
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