American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Awards: Adam Golka

 

Last Sunday, the season's final APA premiere series event featured Adam Golka, born and raised in Houston. His recital repertoire included Chopin's F Minor Fantasy, Anton Webern's Variations, Op. 27 and Schubert's Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 845. Kirk Trevor led the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the Overture to Mozart's Don Giovanni and his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488, with Golka as soloist. The affable, 21-year-old showed powerful, dazzling finger work throughout the program. Sometimes this power led to some pounding, especially in the iridescent, wistful, consummately great Mozart concerto, where a softer touch might have more optimally blended with an ICO that generally excelled that afternoon. For example, the Don Giovanni Overture demonstrated the best balanced delivery and most verve of the series - still with just one rehearsal. Golka's recital pieces revealed a consummate virtuoso, both in the Chopin and the Schubert. And, so far as I could tell, he hit all the notes in the still unfathomable (after all these years!) serial (12 tone) writing of the Webern (circa 1935). In Schubert's last of three splendid A minor sonatas, Golka rendered each movement with a zip that sometimes rushed its phrase ends. But his playing throughout demonstrated technical mastery, awesome articulation and minimum pedaling - all to the good.

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