A native of Birmingham, Alabama, and the son of two professional horn players, John Michael Adair continued his parents’ legacy when he picked up the horn at age 11. In the fall of 2012, after studying with David Pandolfi of the Alabama Symphony for five years, John Michael moved to Boston to pursue a B.M. in Music Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Jason Snider and Richard Sebring of the Boston Symphony. While in school, John Michael also worked closely with James Sommerville, Rachel Childers, and Michael Winter. In 2014, John Michael performed in Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, where he worked with Sarah Willis of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
John Michael joined the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Horn in the beginning of its 2014-2015 season. In addition to his appointment with the Hartford Symphony, John Michael has held Principal Horn positions with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.
John Michael is also an active freelancer, performing regularly with professional orchestras around New England. Most notably, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony.