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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Michael Adams

Michael Adams

Violist Michael Adams has carved out a unique career that has lead down many roads: as a chamber musician, an orchestral player, writer on music, radio commentator and producer, host of the Minnesota Orchestra’s “Adventures in Music” family concerts, and—along with his violinist wife Daria—the founding Artistic Director of Music in the Vineyards. As MITV’s concert commentator and emcee, his goal is to make the music sound so interesting—through insightful stories, musical explanations and analysis—that people cannot wait to hear it performed.

Adams joined the viola section of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988 at the invitation of conductor Edo de Waart after serving as a music producer and host for classical WCAL-FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and later, for Minnesota Public Radio. Before landing in Minnesota, his career path passed through many different orchestras: The Rochester Philharmonic, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, The Tulsa Philharmonic and the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra.

He is the father to three children, ages 25, 23 and 21. He is an avid bicyclist, enjoys canoe camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, sailing with friends on Lake Superior and planning fantasy vacation trips with his collection of maps. Someday, he will own a boat.