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Adam Lee

“I have very fond memories of my time in the woodwind department at RCS.

The department’s world-class teaching staff, professional schemes, industry connections and performance opportunities are unique, varied and contribute hugely to your personal development, as well as their focus on helping you to develop into an all-round musician.

I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to advocate for the great work that is being done in the woodwind department, across the Conservatoire and I look forward to reconnecting with RCS as an ambassador.”

– Adam Lee

Course: BMus Performance (Clarinet), 2021


Adam Lee is a Scottish clarinettist, soloist, teacher, and composer. He is the Principal Clarinet No. 2 of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, he has appeared as Guest Principal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (on trial), RSNO, Opera North and London Mozart Players, and Guest Assistant Principal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Aurora Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Weber, Arnold, Nielsen, Veale, and MacMillan, and given recitals at RCS, the RCM, and 1901 Arts Club.

An alumnus of the Junior Conservatoire, Adam studied with Alison Waller at the Junior Conservatoire through the Transitions programme. During his undergraduate at RCS, Adam studied with John Cushing, Joe Pacewicz, Tim Orpen and Heather Nicoll, and won several prizes in conservatoire, national and international competitions. He recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, with a Master of Performance degree with Distinction and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal, after studying with Tim Lines, Richard Hosford, Peter Sparks, Barnaby Robson, and Bob Hill.

Alongside his performance career, Adam remains committed to education through his teaching and his position on the Board of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.

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