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"In Golka's hands, the work was stunning, a revelation of the composer's soul"
~ Chicago Sun-Times
"This was a performance not to dazzle, but to draw you into a world of intimate beauties."
~ Dallas Morning News
"He imbued Ravel's flowing writing with a wealth of colour and dynamic range, integrating the solo role with organic sensitivity."
~ The Scotsman
With his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post), pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim in his relatively short time on the national scene. He has garnered international prizes including the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, first prize in the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition in 2003 and the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.
In the summer of 2012, Golka joins violinist Colin Jacobsen at New York’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts to perform Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G major, Op. 96. He appears at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and at the International Music Foundation in Chicago. He plays Brahms Three Intermezzi, Op. 117 and Witold Lutosławski’s Folk Melodies for a Mostly Mozart recital at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Golka delves into the works of Beethoven in the fall, opening the Omaha Symphony Orchestra’s season with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and joining the Jacksonville Symphony for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. He also performs an all-Beethoven recital, including the “Hammerklavier” Sonata, for the Dayton Beach Symphony Society, and plays mixed program for the American Pianists Association in Ohio. In 2013 he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, K.491 with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Riverside County Philharmonic.
Last season, Adam Golka performed all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Lubbock Symphony, and concertos by Mozart, Liszt and Ravel with the Phoenix Symphony, the Duluth Superior Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Santa Fe Symphony. He appeared in recital throughout the United States, and joined a Ravinia Steans Institute tour, with dates in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Stamford, and at the Highland Park Music Festival.
In 2010, Golka made his Isaac Stern Auditorium debut at Carnegie Hall, playing Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. Solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to venues such as the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Nakanoshima Hall in Osaka, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and prestigious festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, the New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, the Newport Music Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin festival.
Golka has an extensive concerto repertoire, and has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Pensacola, Lansing, Knoxville, Albany, South Dakota, and Grand Rapids symphonies, the Grand Teton and Colorado music festival orchestras. Internationally, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Donald Runnicles, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Wigglesworth, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Edwin Outwater, David Lockington, Daniel Hege, Julian Kuerti, Michael Morgan, Timothy Muffitt, Ryan McAdams, as well as his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka.
Adam Golka is a dedicated chamber music and lieder collaborator. He has performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and frequently plays Richard Danielpour's "Piano Fantasy" (2008), a work commissioned for Golka by the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Adam Golka comes from an immigrant family of Polish musicians. After studying with his mother, pianist Anna Golka, he moved to Fort Worth to pursue studies with Jose Feghali at Texas Christian University, and later with Dariusz Pawlas at Rice University. Adam lives in New York City and frequently travels to Baltimore, where he studies with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute.
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