"Born on the Winter Solstice in 1963, and brought up in England’s Thames Valley, Adams initially flirted with a career in science before realising that his destiny lay elsewhere, and he embarked on a period of study with some of the leading players of the day, including Dutch pioneer Kees Boeke, winning numerous awards and competitions along the way. But he was quick to forge his own path, his natural performing flair at odds with the restrictions and traditions of the classical (and especially early) music scene.
It was a chance encounter with a group of Hungarian gypsy musicians, whilst taking part in an early music festival in Belgium, which was to provide the inspiration for Adams in the years to follow: this was music performed with unbridled freedom, heart-on-sleeve emotion and sheer, joyous virtuosity – and these facets have now become the hallmarks of Adams’ own style.
Following an acclaimed debut in London’s Wigmore Hall in 1985, and the recording of his debut disc of Vivaldi Recorder Concertos (Which CD Magazine’s ‘Concerto Recording of the Year’), Adams embarked on his mission to extend the recorder’s repertoire and reputation, resulting in a series of ground-breaking London recitals and CD recordings – including first performances of forgotten 19th century Viennese music for the czakan (keyed recorder), a revival of the important mid-20th century British recorder repertoire, and his own transcriptions for recorder and piano in the grand romantic style. ..."
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