Claus Adam

Claus Adam (November 5, 1917 – July 4, 1983) was an influential American cellist and cello teacher as well as a composer. His music teachers include Emanuel Feuermann (cello), Stefan Wolpe (composition), and Leon Barzin (conducting)[1] He served as the second cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet, replacing Arthur Winograd in 1955. Joel Krosnick, a former student of his, replaced him as cellist of the quartet in 1974.[2][3] He devoted the last decade of his life primarily to musical composition, and several of his works—including a cello concerto and a string trio—are published by G. Schirmer.[4]

Claus Adam
Born(1917-11-05)November 5, 1917
DiedJuly 4, 1983(1983-07-04) (aged 65)
Occupation(s)Cellist, Composer

Adam lived in Indonesia until he was six. His father, Tassilo Adam, was an ethnologist there. He then went to Europe and studied in Salzburg. In 1929 he went to the USA.[5]


  1. ^ Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1996). "Adam, Claus". The Harvard biographical dictionary of music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press. ISBN 0-674-37299-9.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Adam, Claus; Austin Clarkson (1980-11-19). "Claus Adam". Recollections of Stefan Wolpe by former students and friends. Evergreen State College. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  3. ^ "Juilliard String Quartet - 40th Anniversary Residency of the at the Library of Congress". Juilliard String Quartet. Archived from the original on 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
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  5. ^ Wierzbicki, James, "Adam, Claus" in Hitchcock, H. Wiley and Stanley Sadie, ed, The New Grove Dictionary of AMerican Music. (New York: MacMillan, 1986) p. 4