A native of Poland, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong and Macau. He has appeared on TV in Poland and Canada and his performances were broadcast in USA, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, and Poland. Mr. Żukiewicz's performances consistently receive critical acclaim, while the creative programming and interpretations continue to engage and inspire audiences across many countries.
As an active soloist and chamber musician, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz performs internationally with renowned instrumentalists and vocalists in USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hong Kong, and Poland. Highlights of recent performances include debut recitals at the Royal Lazienki Theatre in Warsaw, and Chicago Cultural Center (Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series), concerts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Concert Orchestra and Celebrity Symphony Orchestra; debut recital at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona (March 2014), as well as debut at the Residenztheater during the 2013 Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series, performing chamber music with the members of the Bayerische Staatsorchester.
Competition successes include several first prizes in competitions in Poland, First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Canada, First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition, and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC. Mr. Żukiewicz is also a medalist of the 2014 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain.
As an avid performer of new music, Mr. Żukiewicz regularly presents modern works and premieres new compositions: most recently Krystian Kiełb’s Obrazy (Pictures) (2018), Oscar Peterson’s Goodbye Old Friend (arr. Don Thompson/Adam Piotr Żukiewicz) (European premiere), Brooke Joyce’s Lament for Orlando (2016), Stefano Sacher’s La memoria di Medea (2016), Zdenek Trnka’s Cervnova Nokturna (sonata pro klavir) (2015) and John Beckwith’s Follow me (2013) with clarinetist Peter Stoll (recording published and released on an album titled Calling by Centrediscs label in the early 2018).
Mr. Żukiewicz’s interest in modern music manifests itself also through own compositions and commissioning new works from modern composers such as Krystian Kiełb (Obrazy and Trio Libertatem), and Wendy Lee (Piano Concerto). Several of those compositions will be featured on his debut piano solo album The Beginnings, released internationally by the DUX label in the late 2018.
Other upcoming musical projects include composition of a song cycle based on the first sixteen Dark Elegies by a Canadian poet Adriana Davies (from the collection “Changing My Skin. Dark Elegies and other poems”), as well as several transcriptions of opera works and popular 1930’s Polish cabaret works by a Polish-Jewish composer Zbigniew Białostocki.
Always keen on exploring new musical experiences, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz joined the Bayerische Staatsoper for the 2015 production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, under the artistic direction of Kirill Petrenko. In September 2016 he joined the Bayerische Staatsorchester under Maestro Petrenko on their European tour, working and performing with Maestro Petrenko and soprano Diana Damrau.
Pursuing many educational interests, in 2009 Mr. Żukiewicz organized and directed a regularly run series of music workshops at the St Michael’s Choir School in Toronto. This outreach activity exposed students of the school to variety of classical and modern repertoire through musical performances presented by renowned international and Canadian guest artists. It was a very successful project that built many building musical and social bridges between the generations of musicians.
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has studied with such renowned pianists and pedagogues as Pawel Zawadzki, Dario de Rosa, Alberto Miodini, Arnaldo Cohen, Vanessa Latarche, Marietta Orlov, James Parker and Jerome Lowenthal. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and was a music scholar at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. His doctoral dissertation “Chopin’s Third Piano Sonata, Op. 58: Late Style, Formal Ambiguity, and Performance Considerations” was published in 2013 by Lambert Academic Publishing.
Enthused by sharing music, thoughts and experiences of music, Mr. Żukiewicz also enjoys teaching, lecturing, impromptu performances, singing in an amateur choir, and musical discussions with musicians and music lovers alike. Beyond music, he takes pleasure in reading, connecting with people, sports, travel, and nature, which he finds most inspiring.
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz served as faculty at the University of Toronto and St Michael's Choir School in Toronto. His students studied in renowned institutions such as Indiana University and Eastman School of Music and their successes include festival and competition awards in Canada and beyond.
Mr. Żukiewicz currently resides in Greeley, Colorado, where he was recently appointed an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. He is also a Resident Faculty Pianist at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.
In recognition of his teaching, Mr. Żukiewicz received the 2017 Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award.