Adaiha MacAdam-Somer


Cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer is based in San Francisco where she freelances all over the Bay Area. This season she has had the opportunity to perform on baroque cello with Voices of Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra as well as numerous chamber and solo performances on cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba. Last season she was the winner of the 2012 Voices of Music Young Artist’s Bach Competition and in March, Adaiha had the honor of performing the world premier of Mohammed Fairouz’s Ahknaten, Dweller in Truth, a concerto for cello and piano commissioned for her by Houston based Foundation for Modern Music. 
As an active chamber musician she has performed with Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Paul Hersh, Kim Kashkashian, Jodi Levitz, Robert Mann, Yoshikazu Nagai, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Joseph Swensen, and Uri Vardi. Her previous teachers include Anthony Elliott, Laszlo Varga and Uri Vardi. Miss MacAdam-Somer has received scholarships to attend some of the top summer music festivals in the United States including The American Bach Soloists Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, Encore, and Musicorda. She has performed in masterclasses with Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Colin Carr, Alban Gerhardt, Desmond Hoebig, Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Wieland Kuijken, Aldo Parisot, Menahem Pressler and the Miami String Quartet.
Adaiha holds a Master of Music Degree in chamber music and a Professional Studies Diploma in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Her baroque studies have been with Elisabeth Reed, Tanya Tomkins, and William Skeen. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Uri Vardi. While attending UW-Madison she served as principal of the UW Chamber Orchestra and assistant principal of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In February of 2006 she had the honor of being a guest artist at The Varga Celebration honoring Laszlo Varga at University of North Carolina Greensboro. In her spare time, she can be found playing cello and singing back-up vocals with the San Francisco based band, Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates.