Adam Mackenzie; bassoon

Born in Plymouth but raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Adam Mackenzie began playing the bassoon in school, quickly joined the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and gained entrance to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he won numerous awards and graduated with first class honours.

Whilst studying for his postgraduate degree (also at Guildhall), Adam was runner-up in the final of the Guildhall Gold Medal Competition (a unique achievement for a bassoonist). Adam went on to win the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Staffa Prize and during the same year was a selected recitalist for the Park Lane Group Series, performing a solo recital in the Purcell Room.

Adam is a passionate chamber musician and to date has performed with Ensemble 360˚, Endymion, the Dante Quartet, Red Note Ensemble, Ambache Ensemble and many others. He is also a member of the New London Chamber Ensemble. He is the founder member of the Bozza Ensemble, who have performed in the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Linbury Theatre and who, in 2002, were winners of the Martin Music Scholarship Access and Outreach Award and the Tunnell Trust in 2009.

Adam has made several recordings of chamber music with these groups and has also contributed two CDs to the recording of the complete bassoon syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Following his return from a year at the Accademia della Scala, Milan, Adam embarked on what has become a highly successful career. Adam is the principal bassoon of Sinfonia ViVA and English Sinfonia and plays regularly as principal bassoon with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Halle Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

He is fortunate to be able to combine this with his other musical passion, outreach and education work. As one of London’s busiest freelance workshop musicians, Adam works regularly with all the major London orchestral education departments. He has recently been appointed Director of Education for English Sinfonia and Head of Education for Brandenburg Sinfonia.

Whilst studying for his postgraduate degree (also at Guildhall), Adam was runner-up in the final of the Guildhall Gold Medal Competition (a unique achievement for a bassoonist). Adam went on to win the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Staffa Prize and during the same year was a selected recitalist for the Park Lane Group Series, performing a solo recital in the Purcell Room.

Adam is a passionate chamber musician and to date has performed with Ensemble 360˚, Endymion, the Dante Quartet, Red Note Ensemble, Ambache Ensemble and many others. He is also a member of the New London Chamber Ensemble. He is the founder member of the Bozza Ensemble, who have performed in the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Linbury Theatre and who, in 2002, were winners of the Martin Music Scholarship Access and Outreach Award and the Tunnell Trust in 2009.

 

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