"Earlier in the week I heard a wonderful evening of chamber music at Frankly Music, a concert held at Schwan Hall at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Frank Almond paired with pianist Adam Golka in Birds in Warped Time II by Japanese composer Somei Satoh (b. 1947), creating a meditative, impressionistic mood." - Frankly Music Series at Wisconsin Lutheran College, SHEPHERD EXPRESS, January 30, 2018

"...the pianist had no trouble whatsoever winning over Friday’s audience at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre with an incredibly soft touch that would result in perhaps surprisingly (to some) lighthearted music... ...at times, he made the playing look easier than it could possibly be." - Ravel's Concerto in G with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL, January 21, 2018

"Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 is by no means a showpiece, but Golka, with worthy collaboration from conductor Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra, produced a performance in which every moment gripped the audience in its sheer beauty and insight... ...in this performance, the sometimes-surprising shifts of tonality Mozart provided became magical. The middle movement presented a conversation between the soloist and orchestra in which the piano spoke with lean simplicity, answered by glowing resonance in the orchestra. The mood shifted slightly again for the finale, a serenely joyful affirmation of life." - Mozart Cto. No. 27 with the Fort Worth Symphony, THEATER JONES REVIEWS, August 29, 2017

"For last weekend’s concerts, Golka turned to Frédéric Chopin and one of the composer’s few orchestral works, the Piano Concerto in E minor. The introspection that Golka showed seven years ago had matured even further and now flowed to the surface of his performance as well thought-out, articulate phrasing. Bonuses were his delivery of crystalline tonal clarity, smile-inducing details, and a dramatic sense of dynamics. This was not an over-romanticized or muscular take on the concerto, but rather one on the cerebral—yet entertaining—side of things. Perhaps more Mozart than Beethoven, but in the best possible sense." - Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, w/ Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, KNOXVILLE MERCURY, April 24, 2017

"Golka’s playing was light and full of the energy of the youthful Chopin, who was 20 and in love when he wrote it. Golka’s lovely playing of the second movement “Romance. Larghetto,” captured Chopin’s expressions of his devotion to the young soprano Konstancja Gladkowske." - Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, w/ Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL, April 21, 2017

“Mr. Golka, whose program consisted of two huge works—Brahms’s First Piano Sonata and Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata—was something to cheer about. 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.“   - Brahms & Beethoven sonatas at SubCulture, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 8, 2015

“Golka admirably scaled his performance to the forces at hand. Without the mass of an orchestra to coordinate, he was freer to indulge in quite generous rubato. He gave the music lovely lilt when wanted, but spun out the gentle slow-movement flourishes with improvisatory freedom. This was quite a fetching performance.“   - Chopin Recital w/ Amphion Quartet, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, March 8, 2015

“Golka gave one of the best performances of the festival, ever alert to his partners’ needs and contributing greatly to a lyrical and dramatic masterpiece that was engrossing throughout.“   - Chopin Recital w/ Amphion Quartet, THE STAR-TELEGRAM, March 8, 2015

“Golka’s rendition was knowing, competent, and, best of all, alive to every shift of color.“   - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 w/ Richmond Symphony, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, January 18, 2015

“His virtuosity and musical fluency came through in more exposed, less heavily orchestrated passages, and his lyrical gifts were gratifyingly displayed in the memorable tune at the heart of the concerto.“   - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 w/ Richmond Symphony, LETTER V, January 18, 2015

“Golka’s well-oiled fingers navigate the Beethoven’s first-movement technical provocations fluently, with amazingly even trills to boot... this excellently produced disc undoubtedly showcases Golka’s proficient capabilities.“   - CD: Brahms And Beethoven Sonatas, GRAMOPHONE, November 21, 2014

“Golka has the soul. His intimate involvement with phrasing and nuance is superb. It was an incredible experience for all concerned... Come back, Adam.“   - Rach Concerto No. 3 w/ University of South Carolina Symphony, FREE TIMES, November 20, 2014

“Adam Golka is a very promising American pianist, and the sharp, life-giving way he attacks the keyboard certainly throws me back to the technique and sound of his teacher, Leon Fleisher... His interpretation was understandably a more firm, classical reading, beautifully poised and tightly-knit, but still exhibiting bravura and sentiment... The pianism itself was superb: I shall not soon forget Golka’s crisp articulation or his powerful and sharply-etched trills.“   - Chopin Piano Cto No. 2 w/ Vancouver Symphony, VANCOUVER CLASSICAL MUSIC, October 17, 2014