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African Concert Series - Adam Heron, piano African Concert Series - Adam Heron, piano
Since having won The Irish Heritage Music Award, following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall, Adam has established himself as one of today’s leading young pianists

04/06/2019 10AM | GUEST | Jacqueline Malcolm


“Every time I go to write, something magical about the performance makes me stop and look straight back up.” (Jasper Dommett - Budleigh Music Festival review)


Since having won The Irish Heritage Music Award, following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall, Adam Heron has established himself as one of today’s leading young pianists. He appeared on BBC Four Television as a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018, which was recorded in The Bradshaw Hall, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Subsequently he was invited to return to the BBC for a live performance on Radio 3 In Tune, in addition to receiving a recording contract from the Spanish record label, KNS Classical.


Born in Hong Kong in 1999 of Nigerian-Filipino descent, Adam was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral Choir, under the directorship of the English conductor Adrian Partington. Later he was awarded a full scholarship, courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, to study with Hilary Coates at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school. Whilst a student at Wells he unanimously won First Prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, and gained the titles of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016.


He is a laureate of The Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, and most recently he won First Prize, First Nominated at The International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, which was held in Rabat, Morocco. Adam Heron frequently performs as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad. Overseas engagements include a concert at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Kiev, Ukraine, a recital tour of his native Hong Kong with the acclaimed cellist Jamie Walton, and further concerts in Ireland, Spain, France, and Morocco. Within the UK, he has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, and has given recitals at many high-profile music festivals, such as The Ryedale Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, and The Carducci Festival. He was invited to return to The Cheltenham Music Festival in 2017 for a concerto performance with the renowned Chineke! Orchestra, which was founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE. Further concerto collaborations include performances alongside David Curtis, Glyn Oxley, and the American conductor Jonathon Heyward.


In addition to classical music, Adam has a career which has lead him to perform for popular contemporary figures such as Bryan Adams and Stormzy. He is an active composer and conductor in his own right, and during 2019 he will conduct his own ensemble in a series of concerts which will feature the complete Symphonies by William Boyce, in addition several piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Adam has received masterclasses from many eminent pianists, including Stephen Hough, Anne Queffélec, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper.


Currently, he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy in London, where he holds a full-fees scholarship. “Throughout his performance, Adam showed great understanding and love of the music he played and his technical mastery allowed him to convey this to his listeners.” (Elaine Gould - Edinburgh Society of Musicians).


 

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