Education: New England Conservatory of Music; State University of New York at Stonybrook.
Featured Appearances: Newport, Rhode Island; Banff, Canada; The Cactus Pear Festival,Texas; The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.
Violinist Daria Adams, the founding Artistic Director of Music in the Vineyards along with her husband Michael, is a member of the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) where she is featured frequently in solo and chamber music performances. Since joining the SPCO in 1987, she has traveled the world in tours to Asia, Europe and across North America. An ardent Baroque music lover, Daria is a founding member of the Blue Baroque Band (BBB) made up of colleagues from the SPCO. The BBB was a featured ensemble-in-residence at MITV in 2006 and 2009 and can be heard on the Thousand Lakes Label. Other festival appearances include Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (WI), Banff; Newport and Cactus Pear Festival. Daria spent four years playing in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, where she also took an interest in a musician sitting in the back of the pit — one Michael Adams. She now lives in suburban Minneapolis with her husband, three children (22, 20 and 18), a dog, and a really annoying cat.
Education: The Eastman School of Music; Mannes College of Music
Featured Appearances: The Minnesota Orchestra; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; The Denver Chamber Orchestra; The Colorado Springs Symphony; The Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra; The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
Violist Michael Adams has carved out a unique career that has lead down many roads: as a chamber musician, an orchestral player, writer on music, radio commentator and producer, host of the Minnesota Orchestra’s “Adventures in Music” family concerts, and — along with his violinist wife Daria — the founding Artistic Director of Music in the Vineyards. As MITV’s concert commentator and emcee, his goal is to make the music sound so interesting − with stories, explanations and analysis − that people can’t wait to hear it.
Michael joined the viola section of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988 at the invitation of conductor Edo de Waart after a successful stint as a music producer and host for classical WCAL-FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and later, for Minnesota Public Radio. He is the father to three children, ages 22, 20 and 18, who can’t understand how anyone would be willing to pay to hear their father speak. Michael is an avid bicyclist, enjoys canoe camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, sailing with friends on Lake Superior and planning fantasy vacation trips with his collection of maps.