The English violinist, conductor and music educator, Adrian Adlam, was educated at Westminster Abbey, Winchester College, Conservatoire Royale de Musique of Brussels and the Hochschule fur Musik, Hanover.
Adrian Adlam has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He has appeared as concertmaster with several European orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in which he has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Georg Solti, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Adrian Adlam is known as a soloist for his performances of the concerti by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Felix Mendelssohn, Bruch, Wieniawski, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi. His CD recordings of works for violin by Carl Nielsen received a Pizzicato Supersonic award in 2007. Adlam's recording of the Schubert Octet was voted surround sound audio DVD of the year 2004 by the Verband Deutscher Tonmeister, and his performance there has been characterized as showing "almost superhuman strength and virtuosity".
As co-founder and Artistic Director of the International Freden Music Festival (Internationale Fredener Musiktage) in Germany, Adrian Adlam is responsible for the programming and commissioning of new works by some of the leading contemporary composers. On 6 August 2005, he played in the world premiere of Christian Jost's eingefroren (Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano) at the Freden Festival. The festival was awarded the Praetorius Musikpreis Niedersachsen from the state of Niedersachsen in 2010.
As a member of the Hans Koller Octet, Adrian Adlam appeared in the 2007 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He also directs the Winchester Music Festival Orchestra and has been teaching at Winchester College.