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Guest Artists

Piers Adams
Piers Adams is one of the world’s leading recorder players. Hailed by the critics as “superhuman… the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today” and “in an instrumental class of his own”, he has successfully popularized the recorder through numerous concerts, broadcasts and recordings. He rose to international prominence in 1985 when he won the inaugural Moeck International Recorder Competition. This was followed by an acclaimed recital in London’s Wigmore Hall and a debut CD of Vivaldi Recorder Concertos. Throughout his solo career he has performed with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Baroque Band (Chicago) and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He has also given private concerts for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh, and inspired the commission of new works by composers such as Vladislav Shoot, Chris Gander and David Bedford. In 1997 he founded the trailblazing Baroque quartet Red Priest, which has since become the backbone of his performing career with over 1,000 concerts on four continents in some of the world’s most prestigious festivals. His catalogue of 15 CD recordings includes 6 for Red Priest, premiere recordings of forgotten 19th century Viennese music for the czakan (keyed recorder) and a recording of David Bedford’s Recorder Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on NMC Records. His recorder playing also features on the film soundtracks to Harry Potter and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Piers Adams plays a wide variety of modern and historical recorders and also specializes in the Eagle Recorder, the newly designed recorder for the 21st century.