Check out these video clips of Adam playing.
Songs from the Chinese
Suite in D Minor for baroque guitar
Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93
Classical guitarist and lutenist, Adam Cockerham, was a finalist in the Carmel Society Instrumental Competition where his performance was regarded as being "beautifully and effortlessly executed" by Peninsula Reviews. In June 2012, Cockerham performed for guitar colleagues at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Along with five other students from SFCM, Cockerham performed as a part of the only university level ensemble invited to play at this year's convention. He recently performed alongside such guitar luminaries as Sérgio Assad, David Tanenbaum, Marc Teicholz, Lawrence Ferrara, and Peppino D'Agustino in the world premiere performance of Assad's Wednesdays at Sugar. Other world premieres include works by Dan Becker, Belinda Reynolds, Anthony Porter, and Paul Psarras. He also premiered Pantawit Kiangsiri's Snapshots for guitar and percussion, which was written for Cockerham.
On the other side of world premieres, Cockerham is a committed performer of early music. In July 2012, Cockerham was the first lutenist to attend the American Bach Soloist Academy, a two week advanced training program for emerging professionals and accomplished students of historically informed performance practice. Of the ABS Academy production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the blog Not for Fun Only had this to say, “A notable feature of the performance was [baroque] guitarist Adam Cockerham…He drew the audience in with his interpolated solos.”
Cockerham is an active member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble where he has played theorbo, archlute, and baroque guitar in productions of numerous Handel operas. He was given the opportunity to learn these period instruments in the school's Secondary Emphasis in Historical Plucked Strings program, which gives students in-depth study of the plucked stringed instruments of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Cockerham was the first to receive this addition to his undergraduate degree in Guitar Performance and continues to study these instruments in a more focused capacity as a graduate student.
In May 2011 Cockerham received his Bachelor of Music Degree from SFCM, having studied guitar with Tanenbaum and Ferrara, and theorbo, renaissance lute, archlute, and baroque guitar with Richard Savino. He received the title of Presser Scholar at SFCM during his senior year. The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is selected by the school's faculty and granted to one outstanding music major each year at accredited music schools around the country. Cockerham has performed in guitar master classes with teachers such as Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Ben Verdery, Dale Kavanagh, Paul Galbraith, and Michael Newman, as well as period-instrument master classes with Nigel North, Hopkinson Smith, and Pascal Valois.
Cockerham is currently a candidate for a Master of Music degree at SFCM where he studies guitar with Sérgio Assad and period instruments with Richard Savino. This fall marks two CD releases for Cockerham, the first with Pacific Guitar Ensemble and the world premiere recording of Assad’s Wednesdays at Sugar, and the second with Grammy-nominated early music group El Mundo and their album What Artemisia Heard. The[masked] season will include the inaugural concerts of Jarring Sounds, a voice and guitar/lute duo that includes Cockerham and mezzo-soprano Danielle Reutter-
Adam Cockerham, guitar
Addi Liu, viola
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, voice
Kyle Sampson, guitar
Laura Gaynon, cello
Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais, violin
Paul Morton, guitar
Xiyan Wang, piano