Julia Adams, Viola
Julia Adams is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. in Music). She received her M.A. in Music Performance from San Francisco State College and has an Honorary PhD. in Music from Colby College where, as the violist of the Portland String Quartet (PSO), she served as Artist in Residence for a span of 20 years.
Julia has toured professionally with the PSQ to over 24 countries and has been awarded, with her colleagues, top critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Boston Globe and other major news sources for concert performances and recording releases.
She was principal violist of the Eastern Philharmonic, the Northeast Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and several viola concertos were written for and premiered by her—including Walter Piston, Robert Kelly, Norman Cazden and Jonathan Hallstrom.
Her major teachers were Kim Harriman, Ferenc Molnar and Lillian Fuchs. She especially enjoys encouraging young violists to explore and champion the viola as a distinct and special tenor voice in the string family.