at Wellesley College

Adam Golka

Artist-In-Residence (Piano)

Adam Golka began the 2016/17 season in recital at the Duszniki Intenational Chopin Festival, and remained in Poland thereafter for several weeks of chamber music at the Krzyzowa Festival. He returned to Europe in September to continue his work with -- and, in this case, for -- Andras Schiff, playing duo recitals with Alumni Masters of Schiff's Kronberg Academy, with concerts in Koblenz and at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn.

Adam returns to the Cliburn this season for more concerts in their outreach program, "Van Cliburn: American Hero," playing recitals of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. In New York, he plays several events with the Manhattan Chamber Players at Merkin Hall, and leads the Brooklyn String Orchestra in performances of Bach's D minor Piano Cto. at Barge Music in Brooklyn and at the Good Shepherd Church at Lincoln Center. Engagements with orchestra include performances of Rachmaninoff 3 (Lubbock), Brahms 1 (Riverside, CA) and Chopin 1 (Knoxville Symphony).

Andras Schiff invited Adam to perform a series of recitals under Schiff's sponsorship in New York (presented by the 92nd St. Y), and in 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." Adam brought his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth"(Washington Post) to the stage in recitals in Houston, Amsterdam, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago last season, and to Weill Hall at New York's Carnegie Hall in a recital with violinist In Mo Yang.

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 and, from last summer’s Krzyzowa Festival, Alfred Brendel.

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.