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Eden MacAdam-Sommer

Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing today. With roots in classical music she has also grown to love traditional fiddling, jazz, and folk music from around the world. Now, from symphony halls to coffee houses, she beguiles her audiences with a style that is truly her own.


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Beginning her classical studies at the age of four, it was not until high school that Eden became an active member of the traditional music and dance community in Houston, Texas. This led her to years of playing and singing with contra dance and gypsy bands, jazz and swing groups, and several early music ensembles. She is a past winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association State Division and the Lennox Young Artists Competitions, and has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, bluegrass, DAWG and American folk groups. In 1998 she collaborated with classical Indian singer, Nanda Banarjee, in an East meets West crossover concert. She appeared frequently at the Wimberly and Texas Jazz Festivals and in concert at the Woodlands Pavilion. Most recently, Eden appeared as solo violinist with the Houston Chamber Orchestra, as lead fiddler in the Houston Christmas Revels, and in China, as principle-second violinist of the Beijing International Music Festival orchestra.


Eden earned her degrees from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Fredell Lack, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as student and teaching assistant of Kenneth Goldsmith. Although she spends much of her time touring with guitarist Larry Unger as the band Notorious, Eden now lives in Boston, where she maintains an active performance and recording career as well as classical and fiddling studios privately, and at the Southshore Conservatory.

Eden currently performs with Notorious, the Bagboys, Istanpitta, the MacAdam-Somer String Quartet, and numerous other ensembles. She is always eager to meet new students of all ages and welcomes projects that include studio work, writing string arrangements, and teaching/performing music of all kinds. 


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Posted on September 1, 2011 by Eden MacAdam-Sommer