Two years playing with the Leeds Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain were enough to inspire him to pursue a career in music. In September 2007 Adam moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship, where his teachers included Duncan McTier, Graham Mitchell and Rodney Stewart.
During his time at RAM Adam won various internal prizes including the Ashover Festival Prize for double bass (2007,2008 and 2009) as well as awards for Aural Training, and a Leverhulme Bursary for orchestral playing. Whilst a student Adam benefitted from various schemes and courses including the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, the first London Sinfonietta Academy in 2009, the Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander in 2010, and the LSO String Scheme in 2010-11. He graduated with First Class Honours in 2011. After graduating, Adam freelanced up and down the UK with groups including the LSO, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Opera North, RLPO, London Sinfonietta and the Philharmonia, where he became a member in April 2013.
Adam particularly enjoys performing contemporary music and has performed and recorded with a range of artists including Lontano, Ensemble Exposé, Tansy Davies, Silvina Milstein, Micachu and the Shapes, and the London Sinfonietta. As a soloist he has appeared in performances of Bottesini's concerto no.2 with the Leeds Youth Orchestra and more recently in France with the Vacation Chamber Orchestra.