Adam Zukiewicz, piano

Adam Żukiewicz, piano

Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has been praised for his “impressive technical proficiency and delicate refinement” (Indiana Daily Student) as well as “an ability to immerse himself full force into what is essentially a showpiece and make a listener believe he believes in it” (Herald Times).

Originally from Poland, currently residing in Toronto, Dr. Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. His performance during the 2007 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC was broadcasted online. He has also appeared many times on TV in Poland. In the summer of 2010 he participated with the Max Joseph Trio in the Peace Concerts Series organized by the Museum of the city of Jawor. Highlights of recent Canadian appearances of Dr. Żukiewicz include debut concerts with the Toronto Sinfonietta, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Celebrity Symphony Orchestra.

Maintaining an active international career Dr. Żukiewicz performs solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts with his recently founded Max Joseph Trio as well as other renowned instrumentalists and vocalists in Canada, Germany and Poland. Highlights of recent international performances include a debut recital at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona (March 2014) as well as a debut at the Residenztheater during the 2013 Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series, performing a chamber music concert with Max Joseph Trio and members of the Bayersiche Staatsorchester.

Competition successes of Dr. Żukiewicz include several first prizes in national competitions in Poland, First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Edmonton, Canada, First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition, and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC. Most recently Dr. Żukiewicz became a medalist of the 2014 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

As an avid performer of new music, Dr. Żukiewicz regularly performs modern works, including several premieres of new compositions; most recently John Beckwith’s Follow me (2013) with clarinetist Peter Stoll and an Italian premiere of the Thoma Gaqi’s Valle Symphonike No.2 with pianist Gjergji Gaqi (2012).  Dr. Żukiewicz’s interest in modern music resulted in commissioning works from modern composers such as Bryan Christian and composition of own music.

Forthcoming performance projects include recitals in Canada and Europe as well appearances at international piano competitions throughout North America and Europe. Always keen on exploring new musical experiences, in April 2015, Dr. Żukiewicz will be joining the Bayerische Staatsoper for the production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, under the artistic direction of Kirill Petrenko.

Other musical projects include composition of a song cycle scheduled for the summer 2015, based on the first sixteen Dark Elegies by Canadian poet Adriana Davies, from the collection “Changing My Skin. Dark Elegies and other poems.”

Pursuing many educational interests, in 2009 Dr. Żukiewicz organized a regularly run series of music workshops at the St Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, exposing students of the school to highest quality of musical performances and providing them with an insight into the classical compositions as well as instruments through the direct contact with the renowned Canadian artists, such as the Gryphon Trio, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few, Peter Stoll and many others.

Most recently, Dr. Żukiewicz became involved in The Spirit of Music created by Jan Vaculik – a new educational project exploring vocal and instrumental masterpieces of classical composers through performance and open lecture focused on the expressive aspects of works, employing elements of new technology such as animation and digital projection.

Enthused by sharing music, thoughts and experiences of music, Dr. Żukiewicz enjoys teaching, speaking, lecturing as well as impromptu performances and discussing music with musicians and music lovers alike. Beyond music he takes pleasure in connecting with people, reading, playing soccer, travel and nature, which he finds most inspiring.

Adam Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy, where he was one of the first recipients of the music scholarship. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada, where he teaches piano at the University of Toronto Faculty Of Music and at St. Michael’s Choir School.