Adam Neiman

Principal Piano - Sponsored by Sandra J. Bickford

American pianist Adam Neiman is hailed as one of the premiere pianists of his generation, praised for possessing a truly rare blend of power, bravura, imagination, sensitivity, and technical precision. With an established international career and an encyclopedic repertoire that spans nearly sixty concerti, Neiman has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Belgrade, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Slovenia, Umbria, and Utah, as well as with the New York Chamber Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. He has collaborated with many of the world’s celebrated conductors, including Jiri Belohlavek, Giancarlo Guerrero, Theodor Gushlbauer, Carlos Kalmer, Uros Lajovic, Yoël Levi, Andrew Litton, Rossen Milanov, Heichiro Ohyama, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, and Emmanuel Villaume.

A highly-acclaimed recitalist, Neiman has performed in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. His European solo engagements have brought him to Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan, where he made an eight-city tour culminating in his debut at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

An avid chamber musician, Neiman became a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II in 2004. He frequently participates in the major chamber music festivals of Belgrade, Caramoor, Croatia, Korea, Macedonia, Manchester, Montenegro, Moritzburg, San Diego, Seattle, Skaneateles, Telluride, Tokyo, Vail, Vancouver, as well as New York’s Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players series. He has made numerous guest appearances with celebrated string quartets, such as the Miro, the Parker, the Saint Petersburg, and the Ying, and he frequently collaborates with Concertante, a Manhattan-based string ensemble. As a former member of the Corinthian Trio, Neiman toured extensively in the Baltic countries and throughout the United States. He has also appeared as a guest artist on the FleetBoston Celebrity series, Frankly Music series in Milwaukee, San Francisco Performances series, and San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music series.

Neiman’s ’13-’14 season highlights include a monumental solo recital tour of North America performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 and “Hammerklavier” Sonata, Op. 106, and plans are underway to record the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas over the next several years. He will also premiere his new Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (commissioned and composed in 2012) with the Manchester String Orchestra and conductor Ariel Rudiakov on tour throughout Vermont and New York.

In addition, Neiman joins the celebrated ensemble Camerata Pacifica for four concert tours throughout Southern California, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players for two concerts in New York City. Festival reengagements include concerts at the Mainly Mozart Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Music Festival, Telluride MusicFest, and the Manchester Chamber Music Festival.

Recording releases will include the following: Concerto da Camera by Howard Hanson with the Ying Quartet, for Sono Luminus; Dohnanyi’s Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano with the 45th Parallel ensemble in Portland, OR; piano quartets of Saint-Saëns and Fauré with Maria Bachmann, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Edward Arron; and the Bernstein Piano Trio with Stefan Jackiw and Amit Peled for the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

His diverse discography includes three major commercial releases for VAI: a two disc set of Mozart’s early keyboard concertos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, an award-winning two-disc set entitled “Adam Neiman Live in Recital,” proclaimed “Critic’s Choice” for 2007 and 2008 by the American Record Guide, and a DVD entitled “Adam Neiman: Chopin Recital.” He released a critically-acclaimed recording of solo piano works by Anton Arensky for Naxos, and his debut recording on Lyric Records of a live, unedited solo recital at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall has recently been re-issued on iTunes.

He has also begun to extensively record chamber music repertoire. Most recently, Sono Luminus released a disc featuring Neiman with the Ying Quartet performing Arensky’s Piano Quintet. For Bridge Records Neiman recorded sonatas by Franck, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns with violinist Maria Bachmann. In addition, Neiman was featured on Naxos’s world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio, live from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

Neiman’s live recording presence has extended to the Internet, via his own YouTube channel featuring high-definition video footage from recent concert tours, found at: Adam Neiman’s YouTube Channel

Radio and television broadcasts featuring Neiman regularly span international airwaves, and his live performance of the Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 79, at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival on NPR’s “Performance Today” was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Chosen as a featured artist by director and Academy Award nominee Josh Aronson, Adam Neiman appeared in the PBS documentary film “Playing for Real,” which aired worldwide and continues to air on the Bravo and Ovation networks. He was also featured in Peter Rosen’s “In the Key of G,” a PBS documentary about the Gilmore Festival.

His affiliation with PBS and the documentary genre has merged with his passion for composition: he wrote the score for “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate,” a film by director and Emmy Award winner Helen Whitney, released on PBS in 2010. His output as a composer encompasses an array of works for solo piano, chamber music, voice, and symphony orchestra. Some of his chamber works have been premiered at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Poisson Rouge in New York City, and at the Festival Cervantinos in Mexico, and he frequently performs his own solo piano music in recital. In 2012 he witnessed the world premiere of his first String Quartet at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and he is currently in the process of finishing his Second Symphony.

Born in 1978, Neiman has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike since his concerto debut at 11 in Los Angeles’s Royce Hall. Clavier Magazine wrote, “Adam Neiman gave a performance that rivaled those of many artists on the concert stage today…his playing left listeners shaking their heads in disbelief.” His formative years saw him at the helm of many competitions, with top prizes at the MTNA’s Junior Baldwin Competition, UCLA’s Samick International Competition, the Joanna Hodges International Competition, the Stravinsky Awards International Competition, the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Competition, the California Concerto Competition, and the California State Bartok Competition. At fourteen, he debuted in Germany at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival, and at fifteen, he won second prize at the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, the youngest medalist in the competition’s history. In 1995, Neiman also became the youngest-ever winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award. The following year, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and went on to make his Washington D.C. and New York recital debuts at the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y. The Washington Post remarked, “A collection of Chopin’s Waltzes and Nocturnes danced and stormed, and Prokofieff’s Second Sonata enthralled with a dazzling display of inner voices rather than a mere display of muscle. This was playing of wisdom and light befitting an artist in the autumn of his career.” Young Concert Artists additionally honored Neiman with the Michaels Award and presented him in a critically acclaimed solo recital at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

Two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Neiman received the Rubinstein Award upon his graduation in 1999, the same year in which he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Neiman’s principal teachers have included Trula Whelan, Hans Boepple, Herbert Stessin, and Fanny Waterman, and he has participated in master classes with legendary pianists Emanuel Ax, Jacob Lateiner, and Gyorgy Sandor.

In the fall of 2013, Neiman joins the esteemed piano performance faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. In addition to his rigorous performance schedule he has been teaching private lessons for more than a decade, and he has presented acclaimed masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, and Korea. He regularly serves on the summer chamber music faculty of the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, and he has taught at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea.

As an adjudicator, he has presided over the Philadelphia Orchestra Concerto Competition, KING FM Young Artists Competition, and Reno’s Youth Music Festival.

Please visit Adam Neiman’s Website for more information.