Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Adam Luftman joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2007. Before moving to San Francisco, Mr. Luftman spent two seasons with the Baltimore Symphony, three as Co-Principal Trumpet of the New World Symphony in Miami, and one with Civic Orchestra of Chicago. During his time off from the opera, Adam has been a guest artist with many of the countries finest orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle Symphony. He has also enjoyed domestic and international touring as well as recording with some of these ensembles.
During the summer, Mr. Luftman has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival, Music Academy of the West, Breckenridge Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
As a soloist, Mr. Luftman has been featured with the New World Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Springfield (MA) and Canton (OH) Symphonies, and twice with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral work, Mr. Luftman has also performed with the Bay Brass, SF Chamber Brass, New World Brass Quintet, Breckenridge Brass and is an avid jazz musician.
Adam has recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, for ESPN Sunday Night Football, and on many movie and video game soundtracks recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in CA. He can be heard on Naxos, Ondine, and Sony records.
Mr. Luftman is currently on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University and St. Mary's College. He has presented masterclasses all over the country including The Curtis Institute of Music, New World Symphony, Baltimore School for the Arts, UC Davis, and Tanglewood.
An honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mr. Luftman’s teachers have included Michael Sachs, Raymond Mase, Mark Gould, David Bilger, and Adolph Herseth.
In his free time, Adam enjoys all sports, hiking in the mountains and spending time with his amazing wife, Reva.