Growing up in rural Massachusetts, Adam Schoenberg spent most of his childhood riding mountain bikes, jumping off chicken coops, and watching martial arts films. By the age of 17, and having already gone through several piano teachers, Adam went to Oberlin College to play soccer, become a table tennis champion, and bake bread while living in a student co-op. After his first semester he was accepted into the conservatory’s Technology in Music and Related Arts program. A fluke in the registration system, however, enrolled him in a first-year composition course. And it was then he realized that he was meant to become a composer. Four years later Adam left Oberlin for New York City to pursue a master’s degree in composition at Juilliard. He was later accepted into the doctoral program where he studied with John Corigliano.
Schoenberg has twice been named among the Top 10 most performed living composers by Orchestras in the United States. His works have received performances and premieres at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl. He has received commissions from several major American orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Up! and La Luna Azul), Kansas City Symphony (American Symphony and Picture Studies), and Los Angeles Philharmonic and Aspen Music Festival and School (Bounce). He recently finished a violin concerto for Anne Akiko Meyers (2014 Classical Billboard Artist of the Year) and the San Diego Symphony that premiered in February 2018. His latest album with the Kansas City Symphony was nominated for two Grammys, including Picture Studies as Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Schoenberg participated in the 2017 Sundance Composers Lab. He has scored two feature-length films and several shorts. Highlights include Graceland, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the hour-long documentary That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, screenwriter Janine Salinas Schoenberg, and their two sons, Luca and Leo. He recently developed tennis elbow, but he still enjoys the occasional Jean-Claude Van Damme throwback film.