Adam Maha

Adam Maha


Adam enjoys a wide range of musical activities, performing as a violinist and violist in several orchestras and chamber groups, conducting several orchestras and also composing music for local plays and musicals.

Adam is assistant conductor of the University of Waikato Orchestra.  He has conducted performances of pieces by Dr Charles Royal at Kingitanga day celebrations with the Maori King Tuhetia present.  He also conducted a performance of the overture to Don Giovanni in 2011, and was lucky enough to be the Music Director of the premiere of David Griffiths’ new opera “Walls of Troy”.  In 2012 he conducted Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the the NZ Chamber soloists, and was also the Music Director of a concert performance of ‘Carmen’ by Bizet.  He is also a regular guest conductor of the Waikato Youth, and United Youth Orchestras.  In 2012 Adam was accepted into the NZSO Young Conductors workshop with Maestro Pietari Inkinnen.




As a chamber musician Adam regularly performs throughout the Waikato as both a violinist and violist.  He has featured in concerts in Te Awamutu, the Morandini house concert series in Cambridge, as well as lunchtime concerts at the Hamilton Museum and University of Waikato.  In 2009, his string quartet was a finalist in the University of Waikato Hillary Chamber Music competition performing Janacek Quartet No.1 “The Kreutzer Sonata”.  In 2010, Adam’s piano quartet “Walton Quartet” won the chamber music prize at the Te Awamutu Music Competition.  In 2012 Adam was the violist of the ‘Taiaha’ String Quartet, who were selected as finalists in the Pettman/Royal Overseas League chamber music competition.

Adam was Principal Viola of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra 2011-2012 season, and is the current Principal Viola of OPUS Chamber Orchestra.  Adam is also a strong supporter of contemporary NZ music, and regularly performs at OKTA concerts (the University of Waikato contemporary music series).  He also performed “Pacific Rock” at the CD launch of “Toru”, featuring music by Martin Lodge.  He has also performed and conducted several works by the Hamilton composer Jeremy Mayall, most recently “The Birth” for mixed instrumental ensemble at the 2011 Wallace Corporation Blues Awards, and “Tracking Forward” for solo viola and electronics at the 2012 ArtzElectro concert.  Adam has recorded “Tracking Forward” and that recording has been used as the soundtrack for a short film called “Rolling Stock” by film-maker Dan Inglis.  It has been selected to screen at the 2013 Byron Bay International Film Festival.

Adam also enjoys composing, and his written songs for locally produced musicals “Life In The Key Of” and “Santa Claus” (based on the play by e.e.cummings).  He also composed the incidental music for the play “Fractur” by David Foote which was selected as one of the highlights of the 2010 Wellington Fringe Festival.

Adam completed a Masters of Music in Performance Viola in 2011, and in 2012 completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in viola (with Dr Lara Hall) and orchestral conducting (with Kenneth Young).  In 2013 Adam will continue working with OPUS orchestra, and will also participate in conducting summer schools in the U.S.A. before deciding on schools to audition for in 2014.