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Hailed for his prodigious technique and praised by the Washington Post for an “unusually fresh and arresting approach to the piano,” pianist Michael Adcock has cultivated a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician and pre-concert lecturer. Recipient of the 1998 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, Mr. Adcock was also a prizewinner in the 1996 Washington International Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions in Chicago and New York. Mr. Adcock gave his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut in December of 1998. Mr. Adcock earned Master’s, Artist Diploma and Doctoral degrees from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher and Ellen Mack, and was adjunct faculty in theory and chamber music. Mr. Adcock took his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College-Conservatory and attended secondary school at North Carolina School of the Arts.
Michael Adcock’s new solo CD, “Keyboard Transcriptions,” was released on the Centaur label in May 2017. Mr. Adcock is a featured soloist in "Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty," the first-ever documentary on the composer (2016). In January 2016, Mr. Adcock was a featured artist on Washington, DC’s WETA-FM “Front Row Washington” and has also been featured on radio broadcasts in New York City (WQXR), Chicago (WFMT), and Tampa, FL (WUSF). Mr. Adcock has collaborated with many notable musicians including Denyce Graves, Ani Kavafian, Gervase dePeyer, Phillip Muller, David Jolley, James Buswell and the St. Petersburg String Quartet. Former Artist-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute (MD), Mr. Adcock has been associated with many chamber series and summer festivals and is currently associate piano faculty at Sarasota Music Festival, a faculty member of Washington Conservatory in Bethesda, MD, and artistic director of the UU Chalice Concert Series in Columbia, MD.
In the 2016 documentary “Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty,” Michael Adcock plays the last movement of Barber’s Piano Sonata as well as a section of Barber’s Excursions. Artists in the film, which was directed and filmed by H. Paul Moon, Zen Violence Films, include Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, and Thomas Hampson....learn more
By Deborah Lamberton
"We close out the month's broadcast on January 25 with a rollicking solo recital by Washington-area pianist and Washington Conservatory of Music faculty member Michael Adcock called Orchestra in a Piano: The Art of Transcription....read more
"Here's a motivation to get a kid to practice piano -- or other instrument -- if ever there was one: Work hard, and you'll get to go take music lessons in the park. And maybe, if you really nail "Für Elise," you can ride the carousel after class....read more