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, 26-year-old pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post).  He has garnered international prizes including the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, first prize in the 2003 China Shanghai International Piano Competition and the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association. 

With his extensive concerto repertoire, beginning with Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Liszt, and now fully embracing  Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Bartok, Golka 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, and with 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 with conductors including 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. 

Following a summer at Marlboro, the New York based Golka kicks off the 2013/14 season with a recital at Ravinia, and solo and chamber music concerts at Bargemusic in Brooklyn.  He returns to the Fort Worth Symphony for a week of Brahms 2 performances with Joshua Weilerstein, followed by his debut at the New Jersey Symphony playing the Ravel G Major cto. with Music Director, Jacques Lacombe.    The Ann Arbor Symphony sees him back for performances of Beethoven 2.

Last summer Adam Golka made his debut at Caramoor in a Beethoven program with Colin Jacobsen, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in pre-concert recitals of Lutoslawski and Brahms.  Recitals followed across the 2012/13 season in New York, Ohio, Boston, Florida and in Wroclaw, Poland; plus guest artist performances with the Szymanowski Quartet at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.  He opened the Omaha Symphony’s season playing Beethoven’s Piano Cto. No. 2, joined the Jacksonville Symphony for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Cto., and played Mozart k. 491 with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Tchaikovsky Piano Cto. No. 1 with the Riverside County Philharmonic.

Adam Golka has played all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Lubbock Symphony, and concertos by Mozart, Liszt and Ravel with the symphony orchestras in Phoenix, Duluth-Superior, Eugene, Fairfax, and Santa Fe.  In 2010, Golka made his Isaac Stern Auditorium debut at Carnegie Hall, playing Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony and, in 2011, joined a Ravinia Steans Institute tour, with dates in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Stamford, and at the Highland Park Music Festival.

Further afield, he has played solo and chamber music concerts at 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 at 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. 

Adam Golka has premiered solo works written for him by Richard Danielpour and Michael Brown, and is an avid chamber musician and lieder partner.  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 contined his work in masterclasses with Andras Schiff, Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. 

Adam Golka has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA beginning in the 2014/2015 season.

(August 2014. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)