Originally from the Boston area in the United States, Adam Claussen is an Amsterdam-based composer. During his undergraduate studies in jazz saxophone at University of Miami, Adam shared the stage playing saxophone, flute, and clarinet with the likes of Quincy Jones, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, Adam Rogers, Tom Scott, and John Williams among many others. In 2017 and 2019, Adam received two Student Downbeat Awards for his original compositions “All Bets Are Off” and “Minor Conniption”, and in 2017 he was named the winner of the BMI William Golstein Scholarship for outstanding work in the field of jazz composition. In February 2019, Adam released his debut album as a bandleader and saxophonist entitled Arethusa Falls, featuring original works for jazz quintet.
Now in Amsterdam with frequent work in Germany, Adam is graduating in 2022 with a masters degree in film music from Conservatorium van Amsterdam having scored several short films produced by the Netherlands Film Academy. This October, Adam’s soundtracks will be heard on the silver screen at the 2022 Keep An Eye Filmacademie Festival in Amsterdam: De Hemelse Bloem (Tessa van der Riet 2022), Joan’s Theme (Kiefer Eijckelhof 2022), and Entertainment (Beek Groot 2022). Adam has also featured as a session musician on the albums Nothing but Love (Just Friends 2018), and There, Back, a Tiny Hat (Fourth Degree 2021) as well as on the soundtracks of several short films including Louder! So I Can Hear You (music by Alex Tomagian, dir. Laura Bokhoven 2022) and Instinct (music by Mojan Alaiyeh, dir. Tomas Louis 2022).