Adam Collins

Adam is the latest awardee of the B&S Orchestral F tuba – the ‘Charles Steer’.

Adam Jibran Collins is a Libyan-British tuba player who grew up in Bournemouth. Having previously studied as a joint first study violinist and tuba player, he has performed at the country’s most prestigious concert halls as well as at the BBC Proms and live on BBC Radio 3. Adam started learning the violin with Catherine Stevens and after winning academic and music scholarships as a teenager, he joined the junior department of Trinity Laban to study violin with David Brodowski and tuba with Oren Marshall. At Trinity he won the Philip Jones Memorial Prize and was featured as a concerto soloist at Cadogan Hall in his final year. During his gap year, Adam continued his studies at Trinity Laban and received masterclasses and coaching from Patrick Harrild, Pete Smith, Roger Argente, George Wall, and Sasha Koushk-Jalali. 

Adam has performed in side-by-side projects with Aurora orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as with numerous student and young professional ensembles. In 2016 he appeared alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms. Adam was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2017 which culminated in performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Snape with Marin Alsop. Adam is a founding member of Quartet Menine, an innovative young ensemble of players studying in Manchester and London. 

Adam recently graduated with a First-Class honours degree in Music from the University of Manchester where he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Achievement and the Keith Elcombe prize. As an undergraduate, Adam also performed concerti by Ellerby and Vaughan-Williams with university ensembles. Since graduating, he has become increasingly involved in youth music, having worked with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and as the Graduate Music Assistant at Lancing College. 

Adam’s instruments have been provided thanks to the generous support of The Abbado European Young Musicians Trust and The Cherubim Music Trust.