NHS grad Abigail Adams to present violin recital June 15 at First Churches in Northampton

Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Abigail Adams, who graduated June 1 from Northampton High School, will celebrate with a violin recital June 15 at 4 p.m. at First Churches Sanctuary in Northampton. A reception will follow in Lyman Hall.

Adams, 18, who has played violin since the age of 4, often performs locally, usually at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton with her 16-year-old brother, Harrison, who plays the violin and viola. She has also played at elderly housing facilities and at functions put on by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

At the recital, she will play J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E Major, Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 2 and Charles August de Bériot's "Scene de Ballet" Accompanying Adams on piano will be Lior David, a sophomore at Northampton High School. The two decided to collaborate after taking a sonata class together at the New England Conservatory earlier this year.

“My sound in general is usually a very romantic, heavy, sweet sound. These pieces showcase that sound,” Adams said in a recent phone interview. “They’re very romantic pieces, except the Bach, which is baroque.”

Adams will attend the Carnegie Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh in the fall to major in violin performance with a concentration in music technology.

“That’s as far ahead as I’ve thought,” she said. “In terms of a career, I would definitely love to pursue music.”

Adams originally studied with Philipp Naegele of Northampton and is currently a student of Kelly Barr in Concord. For the past four years, she has been a weekend student at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She is also member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, which performed in Carnegie Hall last fall.

“It was incredible, it was a wonderful experience,” she said.

As a high school sophomore, Adams won two local concerto competitions—The Rhodes Competition, sponsored by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Springfield Youth Orchestra competition.

During the Rhodes Competition, she performed de Bériot's "Scene de Ballet," which she will play again at her upcoming recital. Adams said it was the first time she had ever performed with an orchestra as a soloist.

“Just performing and playing that piece, I can hands-down say it was the best time of my life,” she said.