Adam Marks, Pianist
Sunday, November 16, 4 PM, 2014
Beethoven – Sonata No. 14, Op. 27 No. 2 – “Moonlight”
Prokofiev – Sonata No. 4. Op. 29
– Intermission –
Kevin Puts – Alternating Current
Bach/Busoni – Chaconne
Praised as an “excellent pianist” with “titanic force” (New York Times), Adam Marks is an active soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He has appeared as soloist with the Mission Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and at notable venues including Salle Cortot, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Logan Center for the Arts, Millennium Park, Ravinia, and the New World Symphony Stage. He was a laureate of the 2008 Orleans Competition for contemporary music in Orleans, France. Performances in the 2013-2014 season also include debut recitals in Brazil, Singapore, and Croatia.
In addition to serving as Pianist and Director of Artistic Programming for Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble from 2007-2012, Mr. Marks has a long list of collaborators including eighth blackbird, violinist Matt Albert and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie. His work has been featured in films by Jenny Perlin and on stage with performance artist Connie Beckley. Also in demand as an educator, he specializes in teaching public speaking and creative presentation for musicians along with traditional instrumental instruction. Adam serves as the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Programs at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York, and has held faculty positions at Carthage College, NYU, the fresh inc festival and New Music On The Point. He has also given guest lectures and masterclasses at Yale, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern, Mannes, SMU, CU Boulder, The Colburn School, and many other prestigious institutions. He holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, a Masters from Manhattan School of Music, and a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from New York University with research in works for vocalizing pianist. His teachers include Sara Davis Buechner, Anthony de Mare, Donn-Alexandre Feder, Evan Hirsch, and Lois Banke. Adam proudly plays Yamaha pianos and Schoenhut toy pianos.