23-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 maintained a highly-active performing schedule in consistently growing career, ever since he won the first prize in the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition in 2003. His extensive concerto appearances have included engagements with the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Lansing, Knoxville, Albany, South Dakota, and Grand Rapids symphonies, the Grand Teton and Colorado music festival orchestras , and outside the US with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco (Guadalajara). He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Donald Runnicles, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Wigglesworth, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Edwin Outwater, David Lockington, Daniel Hege, Julian Kuerti, Michael Morgan, Timothy Muffitt, Ryan McAdams, as well as his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka.
In March 2010, Adam made his Isaac Stern Auditorium debut at Carnegie Hall, playing Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. Golka's solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to famous venues such as the Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal) 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. Highlights of Adam's 2010-2011 season include concertos of Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Indianapolis, West Virginia, Wichita, Ann Arbor, Silicon Valley, and Pensacola Symphonies.
Adam has amassed a broad performing repertoire in his young career; he has performed more than twenty piano concertos and enough solo works to fill at least twenty recital programs, among others the thirty-two sonatas of Beethoven. In his current recital appearances, Adam can be heard performing esteemed American composer Richard Danielpour's "Piano Fantasy" (2008), which he premiered in 2009, thanks to a commission by the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for Adam. He is also a dedicated chamber music and lieder collaborator.
A 1st generation American, Golka comes from an immigrant family of Polish musicians. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Golka moved to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was 15 years-old, in order to pursue studies with Jose Feghali at Texas Christian University. Currently, Adam resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is studying with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. Adam's earlier teachers were Dariusz Pawlas, in Houston, as well as his mother, Anna Golka.