Adam Golka, pianist


Adam Golka, pianist
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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

Born and raised in Texas to a family of musicians from Poland, 28-year-old pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post). With his extensive concerto repertoire, beginning with Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Liszt, and now fully embracing Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Bartok, Golka has appeared with symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Phoenix and, most recently, with the Vancouver (Chopin 2), San Diego (Tchaikovsky), Seattle (Mozart K. 467), Richmond (Rachmaninoff 2), California (Grieg) and Fort Worth (Brahms 2) Symphonies.

Adam spends summers at Marlboro and frequently participates in seminars at Prussia Cove. There he became associated with Andras Schiff, who recently curated a series of recitals featuring Adam Golka in solo concerts in Berlin, New York, Zurich and at the Ruhr Piano Festival.  In addition,In 2014/15 he also played recitals in Houston, London, Israel and a program of  Beethoven, Bartok, Lutoslawski, Chopin and Brahms to close out the season at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall .  At the Cliburn in Texas, Adam played a Chopin recital and participated in chamber music and outreach activities, an association he continues in the fall of 2015. 

2014/15 also saw the release of Adam Golka's first recording:  Brahms Sonata No. 1 and Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata on First Hand Records.

Internationally, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco, et al.  and has played recitals in Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo and at the Wroclaw and at the Duszniki Chopin festival  in Poland.

Adam has performed in the summer festivals of Caramoor, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart in New York and the New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Music@Menlo in California, and the Colorado, Grand Teton, and Newport Music Festivals. 

After studying with his mother, pianist Anna Golka, and Dariusz Pawlas of Rice University, Adam moved to Fort Worth to pursue studies with José Feghali at Texas Christian University. In 2012 he received an Artist’s Diploma from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying with the legendary Leon Fleisher, and has continued his work in master classes with Andras Schiff, Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. He is a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist’s award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association. Adam Golka has recently been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA beginning in the 2014/2015 season.

(June 2015. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)