Prince Frederick, MD
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, as well as the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competitions in Chicago and New York. Performing throughout the United States, Mr. Adcock has also pursued his career in France, Italy and Australia. He gave his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in December of 1998.
A native of Virginia, Michael Adcock attended secondary school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received the Irwin Freundlich Memorial Piano Award. Mr. Adcock took his Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin College-Conservatory where he graduated Pi Kappa Lambda. At Oberlin, he was twice awarded the Kaufmann Prize in chamber music and received the Hurlbutt Award as most outstanding graduating senior in the conservatory. Mr. Adcock earned the Master’s, Artist Diploma and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied with Leon Fleisher and Ellen Mack. At Peabody, Mr. Adcock was a prizewinner in the Yale Gordon and Harrison Winter Concerto Competitions, in addition to being an adjunct member of the theory and chamber music faculties.
A former Artist-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute (MD), Michael Adcock now makes his home in Silver Spring, MD where he is a faculty member of the Washington Conservatory in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Adcock has been associated with many local chamber series and summer festivals and was for 17 years a faculty member of the Musicorda Festival. Currently associate piano faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival, Mr. Adcock is also artistic director of the Chalice Concert Series in Columbia, MD. Notable musicians with whom Mr. Adcock has collaborated include Denyce Graves, Ani Kavafian, Gervase dePeyer, Phillip Muller, David Jolley, James Buswell and the St. Petersburg String Quartet.
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