Adam von Housen


As a winner of the 2013 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, violinist Adam von Housen made his New York recital debut in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Currently based in New York City, Adam is a recent graduate from CUNY Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Adam received his Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from Brooklyn College, where he studied violin with Masao Kawasaki and chamber music with Ursula Oppens and Adam Kent. He served as Co-Concertmaster of the Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra for 3 years and has performed as a section violinist with many orchestras around the NYC area including The Chelsea Symphony, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Ensemble 212, Staten Island Philharmonic, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and the NY Asian Cultural Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist with The Chelsea Symphony, the NY Asian Cultural Symphony, and the NY Session Symphony, with which he will return as soloist to perform the Brahms Concerto in Spring 2019. Aside from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, other performance venues around NYC in which Adam has performed include Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully and David Geffen Halls at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Bargemusic, National Sawdust, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Adam is passionate about working with composers and is active in the NYC contemporary music scene. While at Brooklyn College, Adam regularly performed with the conservatory contemporary ensemble, and in 2015 he received the Robert Starer Performance Award for outstanding performance of contemporary music at BC. He has been a core member of the Curiosity Cabinet, a contemporary ensemble under the direction of composer and conductor Whitney George, since 2014. With the Curiosity Cabinet, Adam has performed in a variety of venues such as National Sawdust and the Brooklyn nightclub House of YES, where Adam was a featured performer in a collaborative performance with New Camerata Opera. Adam has performed with the CUNY Graduate Center contemporary ensemble and was also a featured performer on the Groupwork composers series as a part of the 2018 Composers Now Festival. Other NYC new music series appearances include Sound Traffic and Concrete Timbre.

Prior to relocating to NYC, Adam was based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he grew up. He graduated magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University in May 2012, where he studied with Helen Hwaya Kim and chamber music with Allyson Fleck. While at KSU, he was alternate winner of the 2010 Georgia Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) solo strings competition and winner of the 2010 School of Music Concerto Competition, which led to him performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the KSU Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared as soloist with the KSU Philharmonic Orchestra, and he was a member of the KSU String Quartet, which received 1st prize in the 2010 Georgia MTNA Chamber Music Competition. As an orchestral musician, Adam served as concertmaster of the KSU Symphony Orchestra for 4 years. He also served as Guest Principal Second Violin with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Savannah Philharmonic, Rome (Georgia) Symphony, Gadsden (Alabama) Symphony, North Georgia Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestras. During the summer of 2010, Adam served as Principal Violist in the pit orchestra of the world premier production of "I Dream" under the direction of Keith Williams and Grammy-nominated composer and arranger Carl Marsh. While residing in Atlanta, venues in which Adam performed include Spivey Hall, Atlanta Symphony Hall and the Alliance Theater at Woodruff Arts Center, Cobb Energy Center, and Savannah Civic Center, with additional performances in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and China at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Xi’an Concert Hall.