Music Director / Conductor
Adam Stern, Music Director / Conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony and the Seattle Philharmonic, began his musical studies at age five. At 15, he was accepted at California Institute of the Arts, where he majored in conducting under Gerhard Samuel. Stern was graduated in 1977 at age 21 with an MFA in conducting – the youngest student in CalArt’s history to earn a Master’s degree.
He was the Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1996 to 2001 (after having served as Assistant Conductor from 1992 to 1996) and conducted concerts in all of the Orchestra’s major series. Stern was also the Music Director of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra from 1994-2000.
Stern has guest-conducted throughout the United States, including engagements with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Sacramento Symphony. His New York orchestra conducting debut took place in 1998 with the New York Chamber Symphony at Alice Tully Hall.
A busy pianist, Stern has been a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He has composed incidental for numerous dramatic production in Los Angeles and Seattle. He was a music copyist for Frank Zappa; he appeared in the Richard Dreyfuss film The Competition. His "side-career" as producer of classical recordings garnered him the 1990 Grammy Award as "Classical Producer of the Year".