Praised as an “excellent pianist” with “titanic force” (New York Times), Adam Marks is an active soloist, chamber musician, curator, and educator. Highlights of the 2016-2017 season include celebrations of Steve Reich with San Francisco Symphony, a tour of Australia with Eighth Blackbird, a premiere with Nico Muhly at Zankel Hall, a festival with John Luther Adams at San Francisco Jazz, and continued touring and residency work as part of the duo Albatross. 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 Davies Symphony Hall. He was a laureate of the 2008 Orleans Competition for contemporary music in Orleans, France. Recent international solo performances include recitals in Brazil, Singapore, and Croatia.
Mr. Marks’ long list of collaborators includes mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie (his partner in Albatross), Eighth Blackbird, and Fifth House Ensemble, where he previously served as Pianist and Director of Artistic Programming. In 2015 he made his off-Broadway debut as an actor/musician in Fiasco Theatre’s critically acclaimed revival of Into The Woods at Roundabout Theatre. Since 2014, he has also been co-director of the eclectic Artists at Albatross Reach retreat that explores collaborative arts and improvisation in Sea Ranch, California.
Also in demand as an educator, he specializes in teaching public speaking and creative presentation for musicians along with traditional instrumental instruction. Adam’s duo, Albatross, is in residence with the Yale College Department of Music, and he has previously served as the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Programs at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York. Other past faculty posts include College, NYU, the fresh inc festival, and New Music On The Point. He has given guest lectures and masterclasses at Yale, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern, Mannes, SMU, CU Boulder, The Colburn School, and many other 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.