Adam Buttimer

Adam Buttimer


Irish         Age: 22

J. S. Bach
Cello Suite No.2 – Sarabande

John Williams
Tuba Concerto: l. Allegro moderato

Elizabeth Raum
Sweet Dances: l. Blew Tango

Øystein Baadsvik

Adam Buttimer has a successful competition career; most recently, he was the winner of the RDS Bursary 2024, Feis Ceoil 2024 Senior Brass Recital, and the Audrey Chisholm Award in 2023.

Adam was a finalist in the Yamaha Concerto Competition at Dublin Brass Week 2023, the Trench Award 2023, and the Maura Dowdall Concerto Competition 2022.

Solo endeavours include a performance of Vaughan William Concerto for Bass Tuba with Trinity College Orchestra, and he performed at Farmleigh House as part of celebrations for Feis Ceoil’s 125th Anniversary.

A keen chamber musician, Adam has performed at festivals such as Music for Wexford and West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival, as part of Irish Chamber Brass. Adam is a formative member of a new brass quintet, Banshee Brass, recent winners of the Chamber Fest Prize 2024. They have performed at the Whyte Recital Hall, and Rockwell College, and have recorded work at Windmill Lane Studios and the Holy Trinity Church.

Adam has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Sibelius Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Philharmonia and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Expanding the tuba repertoire is a matter of great importance to Adam, and he delights in premiering new works.

Programme Notes

Adam has curated a programme that showcases the beauty of the tuba. The programme opens with the Sarabande from J.S. Bach’s second Cello Suite – a piece which has captivated audiences over the decades on its original instrument, and now again on the tuba. Written in a minor key, this suite presents a dark and serious interpretation of the French dance.
The second piece in Adam’s programme is the first movement of John Williams’ tuba concerto, a pillar of the tuba repertoire. The concerto was written in 1985 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
This is followed by the first movement of Elizabeth Raum’s Sweet Dances for solo tuba – the dance in question here being the tango. Raum is an oboist who describes herself as an “accessible composer”.
Lastly, Adam will perform Fnugg (“snowflake” in Norwegian) by Øystein Baadsvik, which is a folk-rock work which explores extended techniques such as beatboxing and multi-phonics.