Batya MacAdam-Somer is a violinist, violist, and vocalist, based in San Diego, CA. Her work centers around collaboration and experimentation, ranging from classical to avant garde to popular music. Batya grew up within the vibrant musical community of Houston, Texas, where she studied violin with Judy Offman and Fredell Lack. She began her college studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston and went on to earn a BA from the Manhattan School of Music in 2005 in the studio of Sylvia Rosenberg. She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Summer Music Festival, International Festival Institute at Round Top and the Bach Festival of Leipzig, playing under conductors Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, and David Robertson. Her involvement with composers and contemporary music has led to work with organizations wasteLAnd, Art of Élan, San Diego New Music, wildUP, RENGA, and Bang on a Can. Batya received her DMA in contemporary violin performance from the University of California, San Diego in 2014, working with János Négyesy. She performs regularly as a member of Quartet Nouveau, a non-profit string quartet presenting classical chamber music and educational outreach concerts throughout Southern California. Batya is also a member of Baby Bushka, an eight-piece all-female band celebrating the music of Kate Bush. Her most recent appearances include Quartet Nouveau's European premier of Imagination Dead Imagine, a theatrical work for string quartet and laptop by Los Angeles based composer Michael Roth, as well as Baby Bushka's inaugural tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.