Adam Sliwinski has built a dynamic career of creative collaboration as percussionist, conductor, and teacher. He specializes in bringing composers, performers, and other artists together to create exciting new work.
A member of the ensemble So Percussion (proclaimed as "brilliant" and "consistently impressive" by the New York Times) since 2002, Adam has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Lincoln Center Festival, Stanford Lively Arts, and dozens of other venues in the United States. In that time, So Percussion has toured Russia, Spain, Australia, Italy, Germany, and Scotland. He has had the opportunity to work closely with Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, David Lang, Matmos, Dan Deacon, and many others.
Adam's solo marimba playing has been described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "beautifully delineated," and by the Boston Globe as "expertly parsed." He has appeared as soloist in many diverse venues, including the International Computer Music Conference, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and at the Joyce Theater in New York for a 2-week run of Eliot Feld's Mandance. He performs frequently with the International Contemporary Ensemble, founded by classmates from Oberlin.
In recent years, Adam's collaborations have grown to include conducting. He has conducted six world premieres with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and will present several more in the 2010-2011 season in residency at Harvard University.
Adam is one of only a few percussionists ever to complete the Yale School of Music's Doctor of Musical Arts program, where his thesis engaged the percussion music of Iannis Xenakis. He also earned his Masters at Yale with marimba soloist Robert Van Sice, and his Bachelors at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Michael Rosen.
Adam is co-director of the So Percussion Summer Institute, an annual intensive course on the campus of Princeton University for college-aged percussionists. He has taught percussion both in masterclass and privately at more than 80 conservatories and universities in the USA and internationally and joins the Bard Conservatory faculty in the fall of 2011.