Adam Young identifies as a baroque and modern cellist, violist da gamba, ballet dancer, accompanist, and pianist. His Bachelor's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is in modern cello with an emphasis in baroque, obtained while studying with Jennifer Culp, Elisabeth Reed, and Corey Jamason. Adam works as a ballet accompanist for Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Inc., Ballet Academy East, Steps on Broadway, Nutmeg Ballet, Brooklyn Ballet, and has worked at San Francisco dance companies including Alonzo Lines Ballet, Oberlin Dance Company, Berkeley Ballet Theatre, University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University and has accompanied classes at S.F. Ballet Academy and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is a co-founder of Cello Street Quartet, a winning group of American Music Abroad and traveled to Eastern Europe and Russia, teaching and performing through a Federal-State Department-funded tour.
Adam has performed at festivals such as Oregon Bach Festival, Early Music Vancouver, Viola da Gamba Society Conclave, and American Bach Soloists. He also received honorary mention for the 2017 SFCM Marathon Composition Competition. With an important regard to historical accuracy, Adam seeks to find a factual basis for every artistic decision. He is currently in New York in pursuit of his Master's Degree in viola da gamba, under the direction of Sarah Cunningham at the Juilliard School of Music beginning Fall, 2017.
Adam began playing cello in the Davis Joint Unified School District at the age of eleven with Kimberly Cole and Angelo Moreno. His career as a soloist took off only two years later performing Faure’s Elegy for solo cello and orchestra at the age of thirteen. When his teachers noticed his natural capabilities and sheer enthusiasm for performing classical music, he was introduced to Barbara Wirth at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied with her privately throughout his upbringing. In his youth, he won district competitions for the American String Teachers Association in central California, northern Oregon, and southern Oregon. At the age of fifteen, Oakland East Bay Symphony conductor Michael Morgan recognized Adam’s talent and performed with him all across the Bay Area.
To attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Adam moved to Echo Park and studied privately with Eleanor Schoenfeld. He participated in solo and chamber recitals at Colburn, USC, and UCLA. Adam was awarded as a finalist for the adult division of ASTA Southern California, received honorary mention in the PSU concerto competition and began performing with the Rogue Valley Symphony at the age of sixteen, being the first teenager to win a position in the cello section of the professional symphony.
Adam has performed master classes for Ralph Kirschbaum, Matthew Haimovitz, Wieland Kuijken, Jaap Ter Linden, Jeffrey Thomas, Bill Skeen, Tanya Tomkins, Bonnie Hampton, Elisabeth Wright and Steve Lehning. Acclaimed performances and recitals include Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major, Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerto in A Major, and all of the Beethoven and Brahms Cello Sonatas.
He also received second place in the 2017 SFCM Marathon Composition Competition, writing a Tarantella for String Quartet in under 24 hours and honorary mention in the 2016 OrigamiPalooza Adult Division with his original design called “Ram”.