Adam Mackenzie graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) in 2004 with First Class Honours where he studied with previous NLCE member, Meyrick Alexander. In that year he was awarded the prestigious Principal’s Prize, given to the student who achieves the highest mark in a final recital. During that year, Adam also won GSMD’s Needlemakers’ Woodwind Prize and went on to win awards from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust to aid him in his postgraduate degree. Through this fundraising process he was also the winner of the Friends of the Philharmonia Woodwind Prize from the Martin Music Scholarship, an achievement which resulted in a recital with the Soloists of the Philharmonia and a live broadcast on Radio 3’s In Tune. Adam recently contributed two CDs to the recording of the complete bassoon syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Whilst studying for his postgraduate degree, Adam was runner-up in the final of the Guildhall Gold Medal Competition (a unique achievement for a bassoonist). Adam went on to win the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Staffa Prize and during the same year was a selected recitalist for the Park Lane Group Series, performing a solo recital in the Purcell Room.
Adam is a passionate chamber musician and to date has performed with Ensemble 360, Endymion and Ambache Ensemble. He is also the founder member of the Bozza Ensemble, which has performed in Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Linbury Theatre and who, in 2002, were winners of the Martin Music Scholarship Access and Outreach Award.
Following his return from a year at the Accademia della Scala, Milan, Adam embarked on what has become a highly successful freelance career. Adam plays regularly as principal bassoon with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is fortunate to be able to combine this with his other musical passion, outreach and education work. As one of London’s busiest freelance workshop musicians, Adam works regularly with all the major London orchestral education departments. He has recently been appointed Director of Education for English Sinfonia.