Adam Ayers began playing the cello at the age of 3 and has continued ever since! He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from UW-Madison and a master’s degree from Indiana University, studying with Uri Vardi and Peter Stumpf respectively. He is currently a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and a substitute musician for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He recently completed a 3-year position in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where he worked with numerous members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ayers currently teaches a small studio of young cellists at the Waukesha String Académie via online lessons.
A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Alex Ayers has played violin with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He was previously a member of the Madison Symphony. After studying nine years at the String Academy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with Darcy Drexler, Alex studied at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig and Alex Kerr. He has performed collaboratively with Joshua Bell, Alex Kerr, Jaime Laredo, Gilles Apap, and Soovin Kim at IU.
Alex was a member of the Indiana University String Academy’s Violin Virtuosi ensemble for two years, performing in the group’s concert tours to France and Argentina. He has attended several summer music festivals, including the IU Summer String Academy, Innsbrook Institute, Madeline
Island Chamber Music Camp, Fox River Chamber Fest, Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival as a faculty member. He has played at the Castleton Festival under Lorin Maazel and currently plays in the Peninsula Music Festival in the summer. Alex received an honorable mention in the 2015 ASTA National Solo Competition and was a semifinalist in the 2010 WAMSO Young Artist Competition and the 2009 Lennox Young Artist Competition. He was the grand prize winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Stars of Tomorrow Competition in 2006.
When not playing the violin, Alex enjoys playing Scrabble, various card games and board games, and Final Fantasy video games. He follows the tennis news closely and likes to watch the Bucks, Brewers, or Packers play.
Steve Ayers, piano
A graduate with bachelor and master degrees in piano from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Steven Ayers is a pianist for the Milwaukee Ballet and the String Academy of Wisconsin. He is the proud father of two sons and serves as treasurer on the PianoArts Board.