David Adams is the leader of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, regularly directing concerts from the violin and appearing as a soloist. He has been a member of the London Bridge Trio, with whom he has recently recorded the Schumann and Mendelssohn trios, since 2017.
As a chamber musician, Adams makes regular guest appearances on both violin and viola with the Nash Ensemble, the Endellion String Quartet, the Hebrides Ensemble and the Gould Piano Trio, with whom he has recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets. He regularly attends the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. From 2005 to 2009 Adams was the leader of the Ulster Orchestra, and has appeared as guest leader with many of the leading orchestras in the UK including the BBC Scottish Symphony, the BBC Symphony and the Royal Scottish National orchestras.
Adams belongs to a musical family; his father was principal viola of the Hallé Orchestra, and he is married to cellist Alice Neary, with whom he runs the Penarth Chamber Music Festival. He teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.