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Matthew Adams



Instrument: Violin




Matthew Adams began his violin studies at the age of five, in Cincinnati OH. In Cincinnati, Matthew studied with Jacquie Fennell and later with CSO Principal 2nd Gabriel Pegis. Matthew currently studies at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance with Professor Aaron Berofsky. He finished his undergraduate studies in 2022, graduating with High Honors. Matthew is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Violin Performance at SMTD, under Professor Berofsky’s tutelage.


Matthew’s orchestral experience includes being appointed co-concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2017. At the University of Michigan, he was appointed Principal 2nd of the University Symphony Orchestra during his senior year.


Matthew has been a prizewinner in several competitions. He was the winner of the 2017 Blue-Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition, performing as soloist with the orchestra.  He also performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra as the second of two prizewinners that year in their concerto competition. In 2016, Matthew was a semifinalist in the Sphinx Competition and in 2017 he made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in one of their Young People’s concerts.


Matthew has attended summer festivals at Aspen, Chautauqua and Bowdoin. In 2023, Matthew was selected as one of four string players to participate in the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra’s Project Inclusion Fellowship. He has participated in masterclasses with Augustin Hadelich, Robert Chen, Bing Wang, Kurt Sassmanshaus, Ilya Kaler, Almita Vamos, and others. Matthew’s instrument was provided by a scholarship grant from the Virtu Foundation.

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