Adrian’s early studies were at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London where he was taught by Tess Miller and Melanie Ragge. During this time he was twice a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and was principal oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He went on to read Mathematics and Music at the University of Birmingham followed by a Postgraduate Performance course at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied the oboe with George Caird and Jonathan Kelly.
He returned to the Royal Academy of Music to learn with Douglas Boyd and Celia Nicklin. Whilst at the Academy he won numerous prizes and was principal oboe in the European Union Youth Orchestra.
In 2002 Adrian was appointed principal oboe of Southbank Sinfonia and continued his studies with Alexei Ogrintchouk in Rotterdam and Paris.
Adrian is the oboist in the chamber group, Ensemble 360 and in 2014 was appointed the principal oboist of the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2012 Adrian held the principal oboe position in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
Adrian is in great demand as a guest principal working with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Recent concerto performances include Vaughan-Williams oboe concerto with the RSNO, Mozart’s oboe concerto, Donizetti’s oboe concertino and Enrico Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the world premiere of John Joubert’s oboe concerto in the Lichfield Festival, J.S Bach’s Double Concerto for oboe and violin with Bradley Creswick and the Northern Sinfonia and also with Nicola Benedetti and Ensemble 360.
Adrian is also currently oboe professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Whilst not playing the oboe Adrian indulges in his passions of cooking, wine tasting, half-finishing crosswords and taking family walks in the countryside.