ADAM WOOLF studied modern trombone and sackbut at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1993-1997. Soon after this he became in demand with many of the UK’s leading period instrument orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Already a founder member of the QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble, in 1997 Adam also became a regular member of His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts, a position he held until 2019. In 1999 Adam was appointed principal trombone of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique with which he has recorded every Bach cantata featuring sackbuts, the complete orchestral works of Brahms, several operas and other orchestral works from the 16th to 20th centuries on period instruments.
In 2001, to explore the later, more soloistic repertoire for the sackbut, Adam co-founded the international ensemble the Caecilia-Concert, with which he has recorded and performed some of the most virtuosic music for sackbut including solo works with organ.
Since 2005, Adam has been based in Continental Europe and now freelances regularly with leading ensembles and orchestras in France, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Belgium, including Ensemble Arpeggiata and Holland Baroque.
As well as a performer, Adam is a keen researcher of repertoire for the instrument and an active teacher. Adam frequently directs courses working with players of early baroque instruments on all levels and Adam has given master-classes in Belgium, Germany, Israel, Sweden, the USA and the UK. Adam is professor of Baroque Trombone at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Conservatoire of Amsterdam as well as the Royal Brussels Conservatoire. In 2007 Adam was awarded an honorary ARAM for distinguished contributions to the music business and in 2015 was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2008 Adam published the first edition of Sackbut Solutions, which has become used by players all over the world as a teaching and study reference. Since then, his publications Duo Seraphim, 20 heavenly duets, with playalong CD and a French translation of the original Sackbut Solutions, have also been recognised for promoting sackbut playing and helping players worldwide.
In 2018 Adam founded Donostia International Early Music (DIEM) in Donostia-San Sebastián where he organises classes and workshops for all types of historical instruments and singers. His DIEM Academy attracts professional players of various instruments to come and study together for one weekend each month in Donostia-San Sebastián.
Adam’s solo CD, entitled Songs Without Words, which was released in 2010 on the sfz music label, is the first full-length CD recording to focus solely on the sackbut as a solo instrument in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music. This was followed in 2016 by The Food of Love, an award-winning recording, featuring world famous tenor vocalist Charles Daniels.