• Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center, 2013
  • Winner, 34th Annual Pappoutsakis Competition
  • Graduate of New England Conservatory

Flutist Adrian Sanborn is acclaimed for his versatility as a soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. He was the first prize winner of the 34th Annual Pappoutsakis Competition, a finalist in the 2014 National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition, and a 2014-15 New World Symphony finalist. As a 2013 Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and member of the New England Conservatory Philharmonia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Adrian has played under numerous world-class conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck, Charles Dutoit, Stéphane Denève, Hugh Wolff, and Stefan Asbury. Adrian has performed chamber music regularly in Jordan Hall as the flutist of the Philharmonic Five wind quintet, two-time winners of the NEC Honors Ensemble Competition, and with the Borromeo String Quartet as a recipient of their Guest Artist Award.

In 2014, Adrian completed his Masters degree at New England Conservatory where he studied with Paula Robison and Elizabeth Rowe. He previously graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in mathematics and computer science. Currently, Adrian is a fifth-year PhD candidate at Stanford University where he uses genetics, biochemistry, and computational biology to decipher how cancer can arise from mis-regulation of the human genome.