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“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