Polish-American pianist Adam Golka has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.
In 23/24 Adam Golka performs with the Lubbock Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Lakeside Symphony, and joins Rob Kapilow for a What Makes it Great presentation of Pictures At An Exhibition. A passionate chamber music performer, Golka is the pianist for the Manhattan Chamber Players, performing throughout the US. Other chamber performances include the Jupiter Chamber Music Ensemble, and dates with Jan Swafford and with Michael Brown.
The 22/23 season began with a recital at Keyboard Arts in Fresno, Mesa Arts, and Winter Park, FL and the tour with Zorman which included a date at Wigmore Hall. Orchestral appearances included Tallahassee Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Erie Philharmonic. Adam was also a judge for the Junior Cliburn competition Junior Piano Competition. Summer of 2022 included a return to the Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, where Adam appears regularly.
In recent years, Adam Golka performed the eleven-hour cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas five times in its entirety, three times for socially distanced audiences at the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park (Florida), once at the Archway Gallery in Houston, and also a live-streamed cycle at the Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (NYC), with a growing live audience as the year-long series proceeded. Adam’s performances were complemented by 32 short films he created with Zac Nicholson, known as 32@32 (available on YouTube). First Hand Records in London has released his “Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 1” in 2020, recorded at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. “Adam Golka plays [Sonatas op. 10] with a certain brio, fiery, very free. After all, Beethoven dares in them fantasies, embellishments, cadenzas that the pianist seizes with a sense of improvisation, variations of mood, which never make you forget the simple beauty of his touch, the obviousness of his speech.” Artamag (France).
Adam Golka is deeply indebted to his two main teachers, José Feghali, with whom he studied at Texas Christian University, and Leon Fleisher, with whom he worked as part of the Artist Diploma program at the Peabody Conservatory. Since finishing his formal studies, Adam has continued to develop his artistry through private mentorship from his favorite artists: Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, Ferenc Rados, and András Schiff, who invited Adam to give recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Tonhalle Zürich for the “Sir András Schiff Selects” concert series.
As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with dozens of orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony, NACO (Ottawa), Warsaw Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, as well as the San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, New Jersey, and San Diego symphonies. Adam has enjoyed collaborations with conductors such as Donald Runnicles, Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Wigglesworth, Joseph Swensen, and he has made countless concerto appearances with his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka. Adam gave his Carnegie Stern Auditorium début in 2010 with the New York Youth Symphony and his New York recital début at Alice Tully Hall, presented by the Musicians Emergency Fund.
Adam’s professional life began when he was awarded the first prize and audience prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. In 2009, he won the Max I. Allen Fellowship from American Pianists Association. As a pedagogue, he acted as Artist-in-Residence for six school years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Adam has recorded works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms for First Hand Records and he has premiered works composed for him by Richard Danielpour, Michael Brown, and Jarosław Gołębiowski.
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“This was a performance not to dazzle, but to draw you into a world of intimate beauties.”
“He imbued Ravel’s flowing writing with a wealth of colour and dynamic range, integrating the solo role with organic sensitivity.”
“In Golka’s hands, the work was stunning, a revelation of the composer’s soul.”
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