Sarah Adams, viola
Sarah Adams has appeared as soloist with the Riverside and Jupiter Symphonies in Alice Tully Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, the Washington Square Music Festival, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Parnassus, the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Music Off the Walls series, and in recital with the Hong Kong Chamber Series, the Houston Chamber Music Society, the New York Viola Society, the Long Island Composer’s Alliance and at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. Sarah recently performed Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata, orchestrated by Ruth Lomon, with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Adams is the violist of the Tahoe Quartet, the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. A former member of the Cassatt Quartet, Sarah has also performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Ensemble, Parnassus, and the Roerich and Amernet String Quartets. Other chamber music appearances have included the Haverford College Music Series, Bard Summerscape Chamber series, Friends of Mozart Chamber Series, the Windham Chamber Music Series, the Claring Chamber Series, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Speculum Musicae, the Si-Yo Chamber Series, and the Metropolitan Museum Chamber Series with flutist Paula Robison.
Ms. Adams is Principal Violist of the Riverside Symphony. She is a member of the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Opera, and performs frequently with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New York City Ballet. She was formerly Principal Violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Associate Principal Violist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Adams frequently served as acting Principal Violist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and regularly appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Festival appearances include NYC Ballet Summer Season in Saratoga, Festival Napa Valley, Classical Tahoe, Bard Summerscape, Cape May Music Festival, Windham Music Festival, Seal Bay American Chamber Music Festival, Music Mountain, and Bargemusic.
She has recorded for the Atlantic, Dorian, Koch, New World, Nimbus, Nonesuch and Virgin labels.
Ms. Adams has been a Music Associate at Columbia University since 1993, teaching viola and chamber music. She is the founding director of Viola Hour, a performance opportunity serving the Columbia viola community. Sarah performs on a Hiroshi Iizuka viola, circa 1982.
Sarah and her family reside in Westchester, N.Y.