Pianist Adam Golka makes Carnegie Hall Debut 3/7

Pianist Adam Golka makes Carnegie Hall Debut  3/7

On Sunday, March 7 at 2:00pm pianist Adam Golka will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony conducted by Ryan McAdams in Rachmanioff's Concerto No .3

Also on the program is The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky and the world première of Timothy Stulman's Element Cycle for orchestra commissioned as the 77th orchestral work of the First Music series. All tickets are $15.


Composed for ballet, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, was a departure from the more conservative standard of the time. Its taut dramatic pacing and rhythmic invention makes the piece just as shocking and thrilling as the day it was premiered nearly a hundred years ago. Timothy Stulman's Element Cycle is a narrative of the five Chinese elements earth, metal, water, wood and fire. Each movement is a representation of a single inherent quality of a specific element starting with the barren earth and ending with death through destructive fire. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 has a ferocious form of romanticism that has captivated worldwide audiences for decades. One of the most challenging piano concertos written, it requires a player of substantial technique and formidable intellect to create a sustainable path through the work.


22-year-old pianist Adam Golka is the winner of two of America's most prestigious musical awards: the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and most recently the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.

Golka has performed nearly 300 concerts since he took the first prize in the Shanghai International Piano Competition at age 16 in 2003. His extensive concerto appearances have included the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Fort Worth symphonies, as well as the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), the Shanghai Philharmonic. He has also collaborated with such eminent conductors as Donald Runnicles and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who have regularly re-engaged Mr. Golka in past seasons, as well as Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Daniel Hege, Julian Kuerti, Michael Morgan, and his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka.

Golka's solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to famous venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall (Weill RecitAl Hall) in New York, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Nakanoshima Hall in Osaka, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and 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. In 2006, Adam gave his first performance of the cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle; he continues to devote much time to working on these sonatas and plans to renew his interpretations of the cycle throughout his career.

Highlights of Golka's 2009-2010 season include concertos of Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Indianapolis, Knoxville, West Virginia, Wichita, Silicon Valley, and Pensacola Symphonies, as well as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Throughout the 09-10 season, Adam will also be premiering esteemed American composer Richard Danielpour's "Piano Fantasy" (2008), commissioned for him by the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

A 1st generation American, Golka owes his unique background to his parents, Polish musicians who fled Communist-controlled Poland in the 1980's in search of a better life. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Golka moved to Fort Worth, when he was 15 years-old, in order to pursue studies with his teacher and mentor, Jose Feghali. Currently, Adam resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is studying with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. Adam previously worked with Maestro Fleisher at a special workshop devoted to Beethoven's Sonatas at Carnegie Hall, and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, which he participated in for two summers.