Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing and teaching today. Her music transcends genre through soaring violin and fiddling, vocals, and percussive dance. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, and Eastern European and American folk ensembles.
As an educator and composer/improviser, Ms. MacAdam-Somer has been a guest artist at such institutions as the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, and a featured performer at theEastbourne and Beijing International Music Festivals, in addition to maintaining a full-time studio at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. With her contemporary duo, NotoriousFolk, she has toured across the continental United States, and performed and taught in Alaska, Hawaii, India, Iceland, the UK, and Afghanistan.
Beginning her classical studies at the age of four, it was not until her teenage years that Eden became an active member of the traditional music and dance community in Houston, Texas. This led to years of playing and singing with American and International folk bands, jazz and swing groups, and early music ensembles.
Eden also continued to develop her skills as a classical violinist, attending Houston’s renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, winning the Music Teacher’s National Association State Division and the Lennox Young Artists Competitions, and, eventually, earning her BM and MM degrees in classical performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Fredell Lack, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a student of Kenneth Goldsmith.