Norman Adams
Applied Instructor

MMus Rutgers University
BMus (cum laude) University of Houston



Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6


Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music, Music Director of Gwen Noah Dance, and a musician eager to explore many different styles of music, sound creation and performance. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, the American master Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, Norman has been a featured soloist with SNS, and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the US and the UK. His performances have also been heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and Two.

In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is becoming increasingly well known across Canada, as an improviser and electronic musician, playing free and creative music. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Lori Freedman, Barry Guy, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Jerry Granelli, Marilyn Crispell and Lee Pui Ming. In the summer of 2007 Norman and EHRES were featured at the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival, in New York City. In the spring of 2008, Norman and Buck 65 premiered Dinuk Wijeratne’s Hymnpeace Remix, a concerto for cello, turntable and orchestra with Symphony Nove Scotia. The concert was recorded by CBC Radio and has been broadcast frequently. In 2012, Norman toured westward with Lee Pui Ming and Erin Donovan.

Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that presents an annual series of eight concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists. He also continues to be dedicated to sharing music with all people, co-leading the suddenlyLISTEN sponsored, bi-weekly Improv Workshop with Tim Crofts, for the past seven seasons.