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A classical recording artist and frequent guest performer, Adam Kuenzel holds the principal flute chair with the Minnesota Orchestra. Performing with the Minneapolis-based performance group for more than 20 years, Adam Kuenzel has also made guest appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Adam Kuenzel formerly held the principal flute chair with the San Antonio Symphony from 1988 to 1990. Completing his Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin College: Conservatory of Music in 1981, Adam Kuenzel studied with Tom Nyfenger, a former principal flutist at the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. After playing with various jazz ensembles around Cincinnati, Ohio, Adam Kuenzel joined his first professional orchestra in 1984 in Charleston, South Carolina, becoming the principal flute for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. A widely recognized musical talent, Adam Kuenzel has performed the premiere of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Fantasia for Flute and Orchestra, as well as Manuel Sosa’s Eloquentia for Flute and Orchestra. Adam Kuenzel served as a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer of 1997, and an adjunct faculty member with the University of Minnesota from 1995 until 1999. A committed athlete, Adam Kuenzel is a competitive cyclist and triathlete. He frequently uses his bicycle to commute with his flute to work, and gained additional recognition during a recent Minnesota Orchestra tour. While other orchestra members were transported by bus, he completed the entire 3-day, 240-mile tour by bicycle.

Work experience

Nov 1990Present

Principal Flutist

Minnesota Orchestra


Sep 1977Dec 1981

Bachelor of Music

Oberlin Conservatory