Jack Adler-McKean

Jack is a performer-researcher on the tuba, promoting his instrument to the musical world through collaborations with internationally renowned ensembles, composers and academic institutions. His recent work includes ensemble performances with Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Modern, music theatre productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Philharmonie Luxembourg, collaborations on solo works with Georges Aperghis and Michael Finnissy, premières at the BBC Proms and Darmstädter Ferienkurse (winner of the 2018 scholarship prize), and recitals in New York and Buenos Aires, as well as presenting papers at conferences in Paris and Cologne, working with tuba students at Bilkent University (Ankara) and the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo), giving seminars for composers at the Royal College of Music and Columbia University, and writing reviews for TEMPO and Music and Letters.

He also has extensive experience in older musical genres, working with symphony orchestras such as the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Riccardo Chailly, and with chamber orchestras including Kammerakademie Potsdam and Spira Mirabilis on the predecessors to the tuba, the serpent and the ophicleide. Alongside his publications at Potenza, he also curates the “Contemporary Music for Tuba” collection for Edition Gravis (Berlin), and has authored the tuba edition of the “Spieltechnik” series for Bärenreiter-Verlag, to be published in Summer 2020. Having studied for his Masters in Hannover supported by the Deutsche Akademische Austauchdienst and The Leverhulme Trust, he is currently working towards his PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music exploring historical and contemporary tuba-composer relationships, under supervision Dr. David Horne and Prof. Martin Iddon, supported by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. www.jackadlermckean.eu