“Firstly, the listener’s breath is taken away by the ease with which Martin Adámek handles the technical challenges of the piece [Lindberg’s Concerto]. He displays flawless control of superfast staccato in the highest register as well as mastery of sound in all dynamics, coupled with a perfect rhythmical feeling.” 1/3
“And last, but not least, one is fascinated by his soloistic qualities, which allow the sound of the clarinet to assert itself naturally against the massive texture of the orchestra without a violent struggle. Watching Martin Adámek’s performance is like watching a world-class trapeze artist who doesn’t hesitate for a single moment.” 3/3
HI, MY NAME IS MARTIN ADÁMEK. SINCE 2016, I'VE BEEN THE SOLO CLARINETIST OF THE ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN IN PARIS. I AM A SOLOIST, CHAMBER AND ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN AND AN AMATEUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER. FEEL FREE TO READ MORE DETAILS BELOW OR DOWNLOAD MY FULL BIOGRAPHY.
Despite his young age, Slovak clarinetist Martin Adámek has developed a rich solo, chamber music and orchestral career. He has given recitals in numerous concert halls in Europe, North America and Asia. As a solo clarinetist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, he performed at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna and Konzerthaus in Berlin to name a few.
In 2017, he gave the Swiss premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Clarinet concerto Hysteresis under the baton of Matthias Pintscher and alongside the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Academy, and in 2019 the Slovak premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto with Zsolt Nagy and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. During his solo and orchestral career, Martin has had the chance to collaborate with conductors such as Philippe Jordan, Christoph Eschenbach, Jonathan Nott, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Eötvös, André de Ridder, Thierry Fischer, Zsolt Nagy and others.
Since 2016, he has been a soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain – one of the world’s most respected contemporary music groups – founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez. In 2016 he founded the trio Sen Tegmento with Zuzana Biščáková (piano) and Nao Higano (soprano), which specialises mainly in contemporary music and commissions new works by composers from Slovakia and abroad. Moreover, he is a co-founding member of the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester, which specialises in symphonic reductions of 19th and 20th centuries' works, including original repertoire for chamber orchestra and chamber music of various styles and periods.
While pursuing his studies at the Conservatory of Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (Czech Republic) he received first prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition (Czech Republic, 2014) and Clarinetto Concorso Carlino (Italy, 2013) as well as other awards. At several masterclasses, he has had the opportunity to study with Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Harri Mäki, Philippe Berrod and others.
Martin has performed at numerous international and national festivals – BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, Biennale Boulez, Young Euro Classics, Music Biennale Zagreb, Musica Nova Helsinki, Prague Spring, Viva Musica!, Ars Nova etc.
In 2019, he received the Ľudovít Rajter Prize, awarded since 2006 to Slovak artists of exceptional quality.