About Adam

Adam Cooke has established a reputation for versatility across a diverse range of musical genres and settings. Specialising in wind and brass music, Adam has performed and recorded with many leading ensembles in this genre throughout Europe, and further afield.


Equally at home with orchestral music, Adam has recently guest conducted the Ulster Youth Orchestra as well as founding the Odyssey Symphony Orchestra in London and New Belfast Sinfonia in Ireland, all to critical acclaim.


Often praised for an ability to motivate and inspire musicians through a thorough musical understanding and effective rehearsal technique, Adam was awarded the musicians’ prize as part of the 2013 European Conductors Competition in Oslo, as well as the runner-up prize by the jury. Further competition success came in 2017 when Adam won the RTE Concert Orchestra’s conducting competition, subsequently returning to conduct the orchestra.


Originally from Northern Ireland, Adam studied music at the University of Manchester before being awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music in London, studying conducting with Mark Heron and Sian Edwards, and attending masterclasses with leading conductors including Ole Kristian Ruud, Atso Almila, Richard Bonynge and Christian Ehwald.


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