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Adams, Daria

Violinist who attended the New England Conservatory and the State University of New York in Stonybrook and graduated with degrees in violin performance from both.

In 1987, she became a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Other groups with whom she has worked include the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, the Blue Baroque Band, of which she is a founding member, the New American Chamber Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

The SPCO Chamber Ensemble joined forces with pianist Reiko Aizawa at the Sunset Community & Cultural Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, on 10th June 2007.  Their program comprised “Piano Quartet in E flat” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Piano Trio in C minor” by Felix Mendelssohn and “String Sextet” (“Souvenir de Florence”) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

On 19th May 2008, they performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Trio, Op. 97” (“Archduke”), Claude Debussy’s “Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp”, Jacques Ibert’s “Entr’acte for Flute and Harp” from Le medicin de so honneur and Camille Saint-Saens’s “Fantasy in A for Violin and Harp, Op. 124”.

The SPCO teamed up with the Minnesota Orchestra for performances of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky at Bethel College in Arden Hills and Orchestral Hall in Minneapolis in January 2010.

On 21st October 2011, the SPCO chamber ensemble gave an all-American recital at SPCO Center that included “Addendum” by Chick Corea, “Aftermath” and “Trio” by Ned Rorem, “Duo” by Aaron Copland” and “Enchanted Preludes” by Elliott Carter.

Exactly one year later, the SPCO decided to lock out their musicians unless they agreed to a 15% pay cut.  This left their musicians no recourse but to find other work or forge ahead with some unauthorized benefit concerts, such as the one some members gave at Minnesota Waldorf School on 8th December 2012.  The highly accessible repertoire included “Duet” by Gioachino Rossini, “Quintet” (excerpts) and “Terzetto by Antonin Dvorak and “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

On 25th January 2013, fourteen weeks into the lock-out, members of the SPCO appeared at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi for a recital of The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and “Oboe Concerto” by Benedetto Marcello.

Recordings on which Daria appears include The Morning After by Deborah Cox and Party of Five:  A Feast of Vivaldi & Telemann by the Blue Baroque Band.

She and her husband, Michael Adams, violist of the Minnesota Orchestra, co-founded and have served as artistic directors of Music in the Vineyards, a.k.a. the Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival.

She talks with the violinist Pekka Kuusisto here…