Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano
Pianist Magdalena Adamek holds Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the
Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance
from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her principal teachers include
Professor Barbara Hesse-Bukowska and Professor Jacques Després. She has also
participated in masterclasses under renowned pedagogues, such as Halina Czerny-
Stefanska, Andrzej Jasinski, Paul Badura-Škoda, Stêphane Lemelin, Kyoko Hashimoto,
and Kevin Fitz-Gerald.
Currently Magdalena serves as Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano in
Department of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches chamber
music ensembles and continues to be involved in many recital projects with VCU
faculty, guest artists, and students. In addition, she often lectures about the diverse
roles a pianist-collaborator must take on in the constantly changing music landscape.
For the past three years Adamek has served as Faculty during an international music
festival, Global Summer Institute of Music ( Richmond, VA), both as instructor and a
pianist-collaborator. Since her arrival to Richmond she has also been consistently
featured as a chamber duo-partner with Richmond Symphony musicians during
Richmond Symphony Summer Series.
Being a versatile pianist, she enjoys performing both as a solo recitalist and in chamber
music settings. Adamek’s performing career includes recitals across Poland, Germany,
Austria, Lithuania, France, China, USA, and Canada, with repertoire ranging from the
classical period to the contemporary music. Her long-term artistic project involves
promoting piano music by composers from her native country: Fryderyk Chopin, Karol
Szymanowski, Maria Szymanowska, and Feliks Nowowiejski, and others. Over the past
few years the artistic project concerning Nowowiejski involved world premiere
recordings of Nowowiejski’s music for piano solo, doctoral essay devoted to
Nowowiejski’s music for piano solo (“Piano Works by Feliks Nowowiejski.”), both
national and international lectures, solo performances, and presentations (College
Music Society Conference at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005, at the
University of Toronto in 2005, lecture recital at the University of Alberta in 2005), the
book The Unknown face of Feliks Nowowiejski: The Piano Works, published by VDM in
Germany in 2008, and many other performances, including recitals at Villa Among
Roses (Poznan, Poland), and Feliks Nowowiejski Museum (Barczewo, Poland), both
being historical landmarks connected to Nowowiejski’s life.
Magdalena Adamek is a recipient of numerous prestigious scholarly and performing
awards including Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, Dissertation Fellowship,
Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Award, FS Chia PhD Scholarship, Beryl Barns Memorial
Graduate Scholarship, Harriet Snowball Winspear Graduate Prize in Performing Arts
scholarship (University of Alberta), and also Marek Jablonski Piano Scholarship for the
Banff International Keyboard Festival and a scholarship by Polish Ministry of Culture
and National Heritage (awarded twice).
Her projects have also been generously supported by Wirth Institute for Austrian and
Central European Studies at University of Alberta, the Polonia Foundation of
Alberta, Polish Culture Society of Edmonton, Polish Federation of Women in
Edmonton, Polish Combatants Society of Edmonton, Consulate General of the Republic
of Poland in Vancouver, and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association.
Magdalena Adamek is the winner of 2 nd prize and a special distinction for the best
performance of piano works by Frederick Chopin at the International Milosz Magin
Piano Competition in Paris, 3 rd prize in the piano trio category at the Kiejstut Bacewicz
International Chamber Music Competition in Łódz, Poland, 3 rd prize at the National
Piano Competition in Warsaw, and distinction at the National Chamber Music
Competition in Warsaw. She also represented Poland at the II European Piano Forum
at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany..
Her discography includes five compact discs for an independent Polish label Acte
Prèalable with world premiere receordings of the works by Polish composers (Feliks
Nowowiejski, Milosz Magin, Romuald Twardowski, Jozef Elsner), and CD Romantic
Central Europe, which was made in collaboration with the Wirth Institute of Austrian and
Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. Her performances have been
broadcasted on CBC, Polish National Radio, Radio France, and ABC Radio Classic FM.
Apart from being an active performer, Magdalena Adamek is also a dedicated instructor.
She has been piano instructor and collaborative pianist at Chopin University of Music in
Warsaw, the Stanislaw Moniuszko Warsaw Music Society Music School, and the
University of Alberta in Edmonton, collaborative pianist at the String Quartet Program at
S.U.N.Y Fredonia; and piano instructor at the Alberta Music Academy and the Alberta
College Conservatory of Music (Grant McEwan University) in Edmonton. Her students
have received high marks at Royal Conservatory of Music piano examinations. They
have been also recognized through awards and scholarships at the Edmonton Kiwanis
Music Festival and at Provincial Music Festival, Alberta Registered Music Teachers
Association High Exam Marks Awards, and gold medal for the highest exam mark in the
province of Alberta, presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Between 2005-2015 Magdalena Adamek served on the Board of the Marek Jablonski
Endowment Fund, which supports talented musicians in the province of Alberta,
Canada, through awards and scholarships.
In addition to performing and teaching Magdalena Adamek enjoys being adjudicator,
clinician, and workshop presenter. She also works as freelance pianist-collaborator. She
has served as the assisting artist for the Shean Competition and Canadian Music
Competition, National Finals in Canada.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, reading, and
watching her favourite TV shows.