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Viola

Julius Adams

Chicago native, Julius Adams earned his Master’s degree in viola performance in 2021 and is currently enrolled as a full scholarship Artist Diploma student at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati where he studies under the tutelage of Dr.

Catharine Lees. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance in 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he studied with Elizabeth Freivogel, violist of the Jupiter String Quartet. Prior to his studies at the University of Illinois, Julius was self taught.

As an orchestral musician, Julius is currently serving as principal viola of CCM’s Philharmonia and has served as principal violist of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra for three years. He served as principal violist of the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra and Marrowstone Music Festival’s Chamber Orchestra. Julius is a former member of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and he performed with the Quad City Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Julius has performed in prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, and China including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony’s Orchestra Hall, Mozarteum Großer Saal in Salzburg, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2021, Julius was a section viola fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado and returned for the 2022 summer season as the principal viola fellow where he performed Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola.

Throughout 2017-19, Julius toured the United States with Illinois’ viola professor, Rudolf Haken, for the #WithIllinois fundraising campaign where he performed a hip-hop duo rendition of Paganini’s 24th caprice on an electric 5-string viola. In 2019, Julius had the honor of performing with the Illinois Black Chorus for their Black Sacred Music Symposium as a guest solo artist and was once again invited to perform with the chorus in the spring of 2022.

Following his passion for conducting, Julius began his studies in orchestral conducting at the International Conducting Festival and Workshop in Lviv, Ukraine under the tutelage of world renowned conducting pedagogues, Donald Schleicher and Larry Rachleff in 2018. He continued his studies in conducting throughout his Master’s as an elective and was appointed the Music Director of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for non-majors for the fall semester of 2021.


Chicago native, Julius Adams earned his Master’s degree in viola performance in 2021 and is currently enrolled as a full scholarship Artist Diploma student at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati where he studies under the tutelage of Dr.

Catharine Lees. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance in 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he studied with Elizabeth Freivogel, violist of the Jupiter String Quartet. Prior to his studies at the University of Illinois, Julius was self taught.

As an orchestral musician, Julius is currently serving as principal viola of CCM’s Philharmonia and has served as principal violist of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra for three years. He served as principal violist of the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra and Marrowstone Music Festival’s Chamber Orchestra. Julius is a former member of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and he performed with the Quad City Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Julius has performed in prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, and China including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony’s Orchestra Hall, Mozarteum Großer Saal in Salzburg, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2021, Julius was a section viola fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado and returned for the 2022 summer season as the principal viola fellow where he performed Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola.

Throughout 2017-19, Julius toured the United States with Illinois’ viola professor, Rudolf Haken, for the #WithIllinois fundraising campaign where he performed a hip-hop duo rendition of Paganini’s 24th caprice on an electric 5-string viola. In 2019, Julius had the honor of performing with the Illinois Black Chorus for their Black Sacred Music Symposium as a guest solo artist and was once again invited to perform with the chorus in the spring of 2022.

Following his passion for conducting, Julius began his studies in orchestral conducting at the International Conducting Festival and Workshop in Lviv, Ukraine under the tutelage of world renowned conducting pedagogues, Donald Schleicher and Larry Rachleff in 2018. He continued his studies in conducting throughout his Master’s as an elective and was appointed the Music Director of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for non-majors for the fall semester of 2021.