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

Adam Golka celebrated the 2014/15 season with a series of solo recitals curated by Andras Schiff in New York (presented by the 92nd St. Y), Berlin, Zurich, and at the Ruhr Festival in Germany.

Of the New York recital, the Wall Street Journal reports "this was playing with dramatic flair and conviction , bold yet musical, filled with risk-taking.  He  threw himself into the performance with abandon, and he had the skill to pull it off."  The program was Brahms Sonata No. 1 and Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata, captured on Golka's first commercial CD, released this year by First Hand Records in London.   Adam brought his "brilliant technique and real emotional depth" (Washington Post) to the stage in recitals  for the Cliburn  ( all-Chopin) in Texas,  where  he returns for concerts this season; and in Houston, London, and Israel.   He closed out the season in a solo recital of Beethoven, Lutoslawski, Bartok, Chopin, and Brahms in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Adam 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. 

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

A first generation American from a  Polish family, Adam was raised in Texas and studied first with his mother, pianist Anna Golka, and with José Feghali at Texas Christian University.  Following several years of playing professionally, he returned for further studies with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute and, through associations formed at Marlboro and Prussia Cove, he has continued to work with mentors Andras Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida.

Adam is a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist’s award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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