Adi was born in Brighton and started playing the violin aged four. At the age of 14, she was awarded a Government scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where she subsequently won their concerto competition, culminating in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto no.1 at St. John’s Smith Square, London. Continuing her studies with Yossi Zivoni, Adi gained a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music where she won numerous prizes for chamber music and for solo performances as well as leading all of the College orchestras.
In 1997, Adi was generously awarded postgraduate funding by The Countess of Munster Trust, The Ian Fleming Trust and The Martin Trust to study with celebrated pedagogue Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Meanwhile Adi was also invited to both Aspen and Banff summer music festivals, performing in the master classes of Dorothy DeLay, Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow and Peter Zazofsky.
On her return from Canada, Adi won the position of Principal no.4 1st violin in the Hallé Orchestra, and was promoted to no.3 in 2002. After eight years with the Hallé she made the decision to pursue a freelance career, and since then has been guest leader for The RLPO, BBC Philharmonic and Scottish Orchestras and Manchester Camerata. She was appointed Associate Leader with Manchester Camerata in 2011 and became Leader in June 2014.
Adi is a founder member of the Manchester Piano Trio, and Violin tutor at Junior RNCM. She plays a 1752 Guadagnini violin kindly on extended loan to Manchester Camerata by arts philanthropist Jonathan Moulds CBE.
Questions & Answers with Adi Brett
What has been your favourite Camerata concert to date?
I loved Strauss’s Metamorphosen at The Bridgewater Hall in February, I thought it was extremely atmospheric.
What first attracted you to the violin?
I started to play the violin when I was four. According to my father, I actually asked for a violin even though I was so young.
What can audiences expect from Adi Brett as Leader?
Passion, commitment and a spectrum of emotions.
What are you looking forward to most?
Playing Haydn’s C major Violin Concerto in 2017/18 with Gábor conducting.
What’s your favourite piece of music to listen to and why?
I couldn’t possibly answer that question as it changes every day for me… But I love classical music and I love every other type of music that happens in this wide and wonderful world!
What’s your favourite piece to play?
On the rare opportunities that I get to play just for myself, for fun, I always go first to Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas, and when I’m on holiday I pick a movement and just sit and play for the beauty of it.
If you could recommend a lesser known piece of music, what would it be?
I’m into Nordic music at the moment, so anything by lesser known Nordic composers. A lot of people would know Grieg and Sibelius, but I really like composers like Carl Nielsen and Alan Tettersson. I recommend checking out their stuff.
What’s it like being part of Camerata?
It’s such a wonderful thing – it’s like having an extra family.