Adam Ayers is a Wisconsin native. He began his study of the cello at a very young age and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree studying with Uri Vardi. He also completed a Master’s Degree at Indiana University studying with Peter Stumpf. He has attended numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2016-2019 as a section and principal cellist. Adam has performed with the Madison and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras and teaches a studio of young cellists virtually.
While in these orchestras, Adam played under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Edo de Waart, Ken-David Masur, Marin Alsop, Jesús López Cobos, Michael Stern, Fabien Gabel, Cristian Măcelaru, Edward Gardner, and Joshua Weilerstein, among others.
Adam is married to Chao-Ju Lin, a DMA candidate in Bassoon Performance at Cincinnati’s CCM, and he has additional interests in early music, Taiwanese food, and travel.
He joins the KSO in its 2021 season!