Under the leadership of Adrian Spence, Camerata Pacifica has become one of the most notable chamber music organizations in the country, distinctive not only for its exceptional artistic quality, but also for its dynamic sense of community. Spence carefully selected the group’s exceptional international artists over the course of many seasons, providing the rehearsal and performance environment necessary to form an ensemble unique in style and sensibility. The bond between the artists is clear, as is theirs’ with the audience.
The Los Angeles Times highlighted the emphasis of Spence’s work: “What was out of the ordinary was the wildly enthusiastic response that each work received. Whatever it’s doing, Camerata Pacifica seems to be cultivating a passionate audience. – and that’s good news.” The Irish Times referred to the Camerata as a “miracle of modern artistic organisation” and London’s Daily Telegraph referred to the ensemble as “a very serious group of fine artists, both innovative and intrepid.”
Camerata’s commissioning began prominently in 2004 with “Winter Roses,” a song cycle by Jake Heggie and premiered with Frederica von Stade. Since then, works have been received from Ian Wilson, Huang Ruo, Lear Auerbach, Bright Sheng, John Harrison, John Luther Adams & David Bruce, and commissions offered to Emma-Ruth Richards & Clarice Assad.
From Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland, Spence studied flute at the London College of MNusic and later with Geoffrey Bilbert, Thomas Nyfenger and David Shostac. He has three children, Erin, Kieran and Kaeli, is a master-rated skydiver with 1,600 skydives, and most recently obtained his Advanced Scuba Certification.