David Adams is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. He has been Co-Artistic Director of the Goldberg Ensemble since 2003, and is tutor in violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He was leader of the Ulster Orchestra from 2005 to 2009, Associate Leader of the City of London Sinfonia from 2000 to 2005 and tutor in violin at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2000 to 2006. As a guest leader he has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many other chamber and symphony orchestras. Equally at home on violin and viola, he has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble and now makes regular guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts with the Nash Ensemble, Gould Piano Trio, Endellion String Quartet and Hebrides Ensemble.
He began his studies at the age of five with his father, Principal Viola in the Hallé Orchestra, and continued his training with Malcolm Layfield at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM and then in the United States with Zvi Zeitlin and Daniel Phillips. He plays a Johannes Gagliano violin from 1800 and a Betts viola c.1840 previously played by his father.