Adam Golka, Young and Explosive Pianist, Debuts in Mexico
By Mittie Roger
Adam Golka, internationally renowned pianist, takes to the stage for one spectacular concert, Sunday, October 11, at 5pm. This young, incredibly talented musician has inspired audiences worldwide with the deep and emotive quality of his performances. Don’t miss this phenomenal one time concert hosted at St. Paul’s Church, where Golka will inaugurate the new nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano.
Adam Golka, Piano
Sun, Oct 11, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
120, 250, 350 pesos
A first generation American, Golka comes from a family of Polish musicians. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Adam was taught early by his mother, pianist Anna Golka. At the tender age of 18, he had already won the 2003 China Shanghai International Piano Competition. Now 28, he’s gone on to achieve impressive international feats, winning prizes such as the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award and first prize in the 2009 Max Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.
Golka has an incredible repertoire for such a young artist, including more than twenty piano concertos and all 32 Beethoven sonatas, and he’s a dedicated chamber music collaborator. Besides touring extensively in the United States, Golka has performed for audiences worldwide at prestigious festivals as a soloist and chamber musician.
Recently back from a recital tour of Germany and Israel, Golka has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He holds artist diplomas from Texas Christian University and the Peabody Conservatory. First Hand Records released his debut album in 2014, featuring the first sonata of Brahms and the Hammerklavier Sonata of Beethoven.
In his debut San Miguel concert, Golka will be playing another Polish gem, “Bukoliki,” by composer Lutosławski, who, despite being a descendant of nobility, was intensely fascinated by popular folk melodies. Johannes Brahms’ “Ballades” will be another star attraction, written when the composer was 21. Golka will also perform one of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
Béla Bartók, arguably Hungary’s greatest composer, will also be featured. Out of Doors was written in what was later termed the composer’s “piano year,” when a performance by Stravinsky inspired him to return to the craft of accenting the percussive elements of the piano. Titles such as “The Night’s Music” conjure ideas of a romantic evening in the country, crickets and fireflies taking over the night.
Tickets for the concert at St. Paul’s Church are 120, 250, and 350 pesos donation each and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Publica; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3; the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22; and at the concert half an hour before performance time.
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