Adam Liebert, violin
Violinist Adam Liebert performs most often with the Grand Rapids Symphony, a position he has held since 2001, and as Fourth Chair Assistant Principal in the first violin section of the West Michigan Symphony. Adam freelances in the Chicago area and has often collaborated with ensembles such as Anaphora, International Chamber Artists, Dal Niente, New Millennium Orchestra, and Fifth House Ensemble. A Grand Rapids native, Adam began his musical interests early listening to his mother’s records of Pictures at an Exhibition, 1812 overture, and Barry Manilow – although not so much a follower these days. He played some piano in elementary school and started violin relatively late at age 11. After only two years of playing, he was chosen for the Blue Lake International program touring Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. Upon graduation from Western Michigan University, a strong desire to return to Europe brought him to Karlsruhe, Germany where he taught English at a Berlitz school and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fŸr Musik. During this time he was on hand for several CD productions with the Heidelberger Symphoniker and toured Berlin, Rome, Budapest, Moscow, Kiev, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing with the Philharmonie der Nationen. Adam has participated in music festivals in Brazil (Itu and Londrina), Ohio (ENCORE), Florida (Disney EPCOT), Maryland, Northern Michigan (Pine Mountain), and Arkansas (Faulkner Chamber Music Festival). His major influences include Renata Knific (Western Michigan University), Ulf Hoelscher, Helena Bondarenko, Paul Kantor, Shmuel Ashkenasi (leader of the Vermeer Quartet), and most recently Blair Milton (Chicago Symphony).