Soloist and recording artist Adam Unsworth is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a performer he is dedicated to commissioning and performing works of living composers, with a goal of expanding repertoire and redefining the boundaries of the horn.

His new CD release, Snapshots, on Equilibrium Records, is a compilation of previously unrecorded music, much of which Adam commissioned since starting at Michigan in 2007. Currently he is anticipating the release of Balance, a jazz recording for horn, jazz quintet, and chamber orchestra, which features arrangements of his original compositions.

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Soloist and recording artist Adam Unsworth is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a performer he is dedicated to commissioning and performing works of living composers, with a goal of expanding repertoire and redefining the boundaries of the horn. His recent CD release, Snapshots, on Equilibrium Records, is a compilation of previously unrecorded music, much of which Adam commissioned since starting at Michigan 2007. His newest release titled Balance is a jazz recording for horn, jazz quintet, and chamber orchestra, which features arrangements of his original compositions.

In 2006 Adam released his first jazz CD entitled Excerpt This!, which received critical acclaim from jazz and classical horn reviewers alike. Since then he has completed a second jazz CD, Next Step, and contemporary music CD Just Follow Instructions, a recording of the chamber music of crossover saxophonist/composer Daniel Schnyder. In April 2010 the University of Michigan Symphony Band featured Adam as a soloist on the premiere recording of Dana Wilsonís Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble. He appeared as soloist on this work with the Aurora Wind Orchestra in Funabashi City, Japan in February 2011. Adam plays and has recorded with the Grammy nominated Gil Evans Centennial Project in New York City and regularly performs with the Slee Sinfonietta, a new music group out of the University of Buffalo. Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan, he was Fourth Horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra (1998-2007) and Second Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1995-1998). He has performed as a guest with the St. Louis, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Chicago symphonies.

A former faculty member at Temple University, Adam has appeared as a recitalist and clinician at many universities throughout the United States, and has made several solo and chamber appearances at Carnegieís Weill Recital Hall. Unsworth received his formal training at Northwestern University, where he studied with former Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Gail Williams and Norman Schweikert. He continued with graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Douglas Hill. He later recorded Jazz Set for Solo Horn, released in 2001 as part of 'Thoughtful Wanderings', a compilation of Hill's works for horn. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music named him their Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2000.