Adam Caird graduated from the University of Manchester in 1999 with 1st class honours, and from the Royal Northern College of Music with a GRNCM in 2000 and an MPhil in Performance in 2002. He also twice won the University of Manchester’s Hargreaves Prize. His music ranges from orchestral to instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic works and his pieces have been performed by a variety of groups at many venues across the UK, including the Bridgewater Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Purcell Room. He has also written and performed original scores for silent films at the Cornerhouse Cinema, Manchester, including Earth for solo piano in 2002. In 2007, Adam’s electroacoustic work Going to the Match was featured in the Vox Novus 60x60 project, taking it to audiences across North America.
As a pianist, he performs regularly with Ephyra, which is both a saxophone and piano duo and a saxophone, cello and piano trio. At the beginning of 2003, the duo was awarded a scholarship in order to take up a long term residency at The Banff Centre, Canada, where they recorded their debut album, ‘Modern Standards’. In November 2007, Ephyra were ensemble-in-residence at the Sound ’07 Contemporary Music Festival in Aberdeenshire. Two new albums are planned for later in 2008: a trio recording of Piazzolla and an album of Adam’s chamber works.
Adam has performed concertos with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, University of Manchester Sinfonietta, Derby Concert Orchestra and Oxford Concerto Orchestra and is also a member of the six-piano group Pianocircus. He was awarded a Special Prize at the Dudley Millennium Piano Competition for his performance of Tippett’s Second Sonata.