JULIA ADAMS was born in New York City where her grandfather was Opera Critic for The New York Times, retired 1934. She began her musical studies in the public schools of Greensboro, North Carolina, with Kim Harriman. As a senior in Greensboro High School (1957-58) Julia befriended the first black student to integrate that school and that friendship was featured on CBS’s “Assignment America” in April of 2006. She received her B.A. degree in Music from Oberlin College and her M.A. with a performance emphasis from San Francisco State College. She received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Colby College in l986. Her teachers have included Ralph Hersh, Ferenc Molnar and Lillian Fuchs.
Ms. Adams was a violist with Title III Music in Maine, principal violist of the Northeast Chamber Orchestra, the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of The Portland String Quartet which is currently celebrating its 41st year performing, recording and teaching to international acclaim. In addition to an active private studio, Ms. Adams also teaches on the applied faculties of Bowdoin College and the Portland Conservatory of Music.
Concertos dedicated to her and premiered by her include Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by Norman Cazden, Concerto for Violin and Viola by Robert Kelly, Concerto for Violin and Viola by William Matthews, Concerto for String Quartet by Walter Piston, and Poem for Electric Viola and Orchestra by Jonathan Hallstrom. She has performed twice as guest artist with the Cuarteto Lima (Peru), and was guest clinician for Peru’s Primer Festival de Viola in May of 2002. Julia and her colleagues in the Portland String Quartet have worked extensively with two generations of players from the Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bolivar, Venezuela's outstanding program known internationally as El Sistema. She was the guest clinician for Oklahoma’s “Viola Day” in 2006 and has served as a panelist for Chamber Music America. Her Scale Studies for the Intermediate Violist and Holiday Music for Strings are published by Ludwig Music Publishers. She has also co-authored 32 Viola Etudes Based on Major Chamber Music Literature.
Quartet |Dean Stein | Ronald Lantz |
Julia Adams |Paul Ross |