ADAM KORNAS

Adam began his composition studies with Dr Gavin Wayte at Chetham's School of Music and continued his studies with Dr Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music, London. In July 2014, Adam graduated with a first class honours degree. During his studies, Adam had works performed and workshopped by ensembles such as the Manchester Camerata, London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Trio, and the Archos String Quartet; at prestigious venues including St Martin in the Fields, Rambert, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. 

​In 2012, Adam was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize for his string quintet, ‘Paradise Regained.’ The award is supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians of which Adam is a Yeoman member. Their continued support has lead to subsequent performances of this work in London and in the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, as well as a performance in Vienna. The work has recently been arranged for string orchestra and will receive it's latest performance in March at Vale Royal Abbey by the Vale Royal String Orchestra.

In 2014, Adam composed a score for his first ballet ‘The King and Mrs Simpson.’ A brand new production performed by Allegrodance Touring Company at The Brindley Theatre. This ballet tells the passionate story of King Edward VIII and his controversial abdication of the throne to marry the politically and socially unsuitable Wallis Simpson. The second ballet that has resulted from this collaboration, 'Dance of Life,' depicts three snapshots of dance through the ages, from folk dancing, through grand waltzes, and contemporary dance, performed at the Royal Northern College of Music in May 2015. In 2016, Adam was awarded funding support by the PRS Foundation to create his most recent commission for dance, composing the score for a new production of "Hansel and Gretel". This was premiered by AllegroDance Company's Arts Council supported Tour.

 

From 2014 to 2016 Adam studied for a Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He graduated with distinction and the Robert Newwitt Conducting Prize. Since then he has combined conducting standard repertoire along with conducting premieres of his own works. Recent orchestral works include "Shangaan," commissioned by Catherine Perkins and premiered by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra; and "Celestial City," premiere in June 2018 by the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Since then he has written a violin concerto and a  growing number of pieces that have gone into music libraries used by BBC and Channel 4. Adam is grateful to have had his works performed and workshopped by ensembles such as the Manchester Camerata, London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, Chester Philharmonic, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Vale Royal String Orchestra, the Pacific Trio, and the Archos String Quartet; at prestigious venues including St Martin in the Fields, Rambert, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. 

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