Jack Adler-McKean

Originally from Brighton on the south coast of England, Jack studied at undergraduate level in Manchester, graduating with a first class honours degree in Music from the University of Manchester in June 2010 where he studied composition with Professor Phillip Grange, followed in 2011 by a diploma in tuba performance from the Royal Northern College of Music having being awarded a mark of 95% for his final recital. He was awarded the Goronwy Jones Memorial Prize for solo brass performance, the Philip Jones Prize for chamber music, and was the first ever tuba player selected to perform a Gold Medal recital, featuring the UK première of the tuba version of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In Freundschaft, a performance recently repeated at the Akademie der Kunst in Berlin. He is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theatre und Medien in Hannover, Germany with Professor Jens Bjørn-Larsen, his studies having been generously supported by fellowships from The Leverhulme Trust, Deutsche Akadamischer Austauch Dienst and The Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarship. 
 
A former academy member with the London Sinfonietta, he is a passionate champion of new music for the tuba, having performed and commissioned many world and UK premières, alongside working on his own compositions and arrangements, his works for tuba-euphonium quartet having been featured at the Black Dyke Low Brass Festival. Alongside is tuba studies, his music making includes performing early music on the serpent and ophicleide, conducting at the National Concert Band Festival and with Chimera Opera, broadcasting regularly as a chorister for the BBC, and releasing dubstep-inspired albums as sousaphonist with the Hot Botz Brass Band.