Adam Spiers



Adam Spiers is a multi-genre cellist whose repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, tango, Latin, bluegrass, folk, and pop.

Originally classically trained, as a teenager he was appointed principal cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing solos under Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican and Mark Wigglesworth at the BBC Proms, before completing a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. As principal cellist with Sinfonia Cymru for several years, he performed with renowned soloists such as Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Anthony Marwood, Guy Johnston, John Lill, and Li-Wei Qin.

A few years ago during a visit to the USA, he re-kindled a strong passion for the improvisatory and creative side of string playing which is particularly prevalent in Boston, New York, Nashville, and California. He now regularly travels to the USA for music, studying with / performing alongside leading multi-genre string players such as Christian Howes, Billy Contreras, Zach Brock, Jason Anick, Victor Lin, Alex Hargreaves, Mike Block, Mads Tolling, Jeremy Kittel, Darol Anger, and has played at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California.

Back at home in London, he has guested with the Parliamentary Jazz Award-winning John Turville Trio at King's Place, with Emma Smith at the London Jazz Festival, is the cellist of the London Tango Orchestra, has collaborated extensively with jazz-folk singer/songwriter Monika Lidke, with jazz and world rhythm performer/educator Barak Schmool (including a harmonic theory website called Scale Matcher), and on various projects with many other small jazz and world music ensembles.

Adam juggles his musical career with a long-running parallel career as a software engineer, a (less successful) pre-occupation with marathons and triathlons, and occasionally also juggles balls, clubs, and fire.

Last updated: 21st January 2014