“In the context of this small essay,
we might almost compare the becoming
of a person to the shaping of a piece
of music, from idea through sketches
and improvisation to the finished work.”
Adam Kośmieja - performs internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and multimedia artist in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (2011) as a student of Solomon Mikowsky, awarded the Harold and Helen Schonberg Pianist Scholarship (2007-2011), established in memory of the long-time leading music critic of The New York Times.
He has performed at a number of great venues throughout the world including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, CCOM Concert Hall in Beijing, Shenzhen Concert Hall, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall.
His studies were with Ludmila Kasyanenko, Jerzy Sulikowski, Solomon Mikowsky and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. He participated in piano master classes under Paul Badura-Skoda, Gary Graffman, Ivan Moravec, Andrei Gavrilov, Boris Berman, Mikhail Voskresensky, Dina Yoffe and had supplementary sessions with Arie Vardi, Dmitri Bashkirov, Ewa Pobłocka.
The piano alternates between simple lyricism and dissonant, thundering chords, some of them tone clusters made by using the lower arm and elbow to play all the notes within a specified range. Yet there’s a haunted, anguished quality now and then, particularly evident in a performance by pianist Adam Kośmieja
The Wall Street Journal
The pianists shows a good sense of humor and superb rhythmic control in the Fugue. Notice the carful balance between the hands and howthe difficult bass line never overtakes the clarity of the contrapuntal writing
The Classic Review
Kośmieja has been a part of and performed at many international piano festivals including: The International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn", Beijing Modern Music Festival, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Shenzhen International Music Festival "Belt & Road", Festivalul Internațional Craiova Muzicală in Romania, Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw, International Contemporary Music and Visual Arts Festival "Mózg" and International Piano Festivals in Spain to name a few. He has also toured as a soloist, performing in several countries such as Japan, China, Mongolia, France, Czech Republic, Italy and many more.
In 2016 he released his debut solo album on the DUX label titled “Serocki – Complete Works for Solo Piano”, which has gone on to receive critical acclaim around the world. In 2017 he appeared on Stefan Weglowski's album Contemporary Jewish Music (KAIROS).
Adam Kośmieja holds a DMA degree in Music Performance from The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he is currently teaching.
Adam Kośmieja’s performances on this recording are sublime and authoritative, true virtuosity in the service of the music
In 2019 Adam recorded for PWM Polish Publishers: Elzbieta Sikora's Piano Concerto (2000) with Sinfonia Varsovia under Bassem Akiki and Tadeusz Wielecki's Numerous Branches of Ramified Plaits (1988) for clarinet, piano and cello with Andrzej Bauer and Julian Paprocki. These recordings are a part of "100 For 100" box set - an exclusive set documenting the last 100 years of Polish music. The box set received two "Fryderyk" music awards in 2020 in two categories: Album of the year symphonic music and the most outstanding recording of polish music.
Pianist Adam Kośmieja does an extraordinary job of playing this music
The Whole Note Magazine