Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Poets & Musicians

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cellist

Cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer graduated with a Master of Music Degree (2007) in chamber music and a Professional Studies Diploma (2008) in Cello Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Jean-Michel Fonteneau.She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005) under the tutelage of Uri Vardi. While attending UW-Madison she served as Principal of the UW Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Principal Cellist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

 In February of 2006 she had the honor of being a guest artist at The Varga Celebration honoring Laszlo Varga at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. While a member of the Picasso Quartet she was invited to a residency at the Institute for Advanced String Quartets with the Miami String Quartet at Kent State University. This included a performance at Reinberger Hall in Cleveland as well as a performance at the Menuhin Seminar with the Alexander Quartet at San Francisco State University.

MacAdam-Somer has received scholarships to attend some of the top summer music festivals in the United States including The American Bach Soloists Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, Encore, and Musicorda.

A little over a year ago, MacAdam-Somer began studying Baroque cello with Elisabeth Reed. Since then, she has performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir and won the 2012 Voices of Music Young Artists Bach Competition on Baroque cello.

You can also find her playing cello and singing back-up vocals in a few San Francisco-based bands, Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates, Blue Rabbit and The Sweet Trade.