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Adam Esbensen

Richard C. and Ellen E. Paine chair, endowed in perpetuity, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Adam Esbensen joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2008 after spending five years as a cellist with the Oregon Symphony. Mr. Esbensen began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Stephen Geber. He went on to earn a master of music degree and performance award from the Mannes College of Music. During his two years in New York City he studied with Timothy Eddy and performed around the state as part of the Mozart and Chopin festivals. Mr. Esbensen joined the cello section of the Louisville Orchestra in 2001, where he played for two years before moving back to his home state of Oregon. While living in Portland, he took an interest in new music as a member of the Fear No Music ensemble and at the Ernest Bloch Composer's Symposium. He has spent summers at festivals in Taos, Vail, Spoleto-Italy, Bellingham, and San Luis Obispo. Mr. Esbensen's other teachers and influences include Hamilton Cheifetz, John Kadz, and Pamela Frame.

Member of the Boston Cello Quartet.

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