A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Clinton Adams has been a member of the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory since 1983. He is the recipient of the 2018 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Adams studied piano with Raymond Hanson, Artur Balsam, Fernando Laires, and Nina Svetlanova. He holds a B.M. from the Hartt College of Music and an M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory. At the University of Hartford, he was named a University Scholar.

Adams has toured extensively, performing as a concerto soloist and as a collaborative artist throughout North and South America, Europe, and Africa. Acclaimed for his “elegant, sensitive, colorful, and meticulous” playing, he has recorded on the Summit and Leonarda labels. He has won numerous awards and competitions.