Despite his young age, Slovak clarinetist Martin Adámek has developed a rich solo, chamber music and orchestral career. He has given recitals in numerous concert halls in Europe, North America and Asia. As a solo clarinetist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, he performed at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna and Konzerthaus in Berlin to name a few. In 2017, he played the Swiss premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Clarinet concerto Hysteresis under the baton of Matthias Pintscher and alongside the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Academy. During his solo and orchestral career, Martin has had the chance to collaborate with conductors such as Philippe Jordan, Christoph Eschenbach, Jonathan Nott, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Eötvös, André de Ridder, Thierry Fischer, Zsolt Nagy and others.
Since 2016, he has been a soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain – one of the world’s most respected contemporary music groups – founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez. In 2016 he founded the trio Sen Tegmento with Zuzana Biščáková (piano) and Nao Higano (soprano), which specialises mainly in contemporary music and commissions new works by composers from Slovakia and abroad. Moreover, he is a co-founding member of the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester, which specialises in symphonic reductions of 19th and 20th centuries’ works, including original repertoire for chamber orchestra and chamber music of various styles and periods.
While pursuing his studies at the Conservatory of Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (Czech Republic) he received first prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition (Czech Republic, 2014) and Clarinetto Concorso Carlino (Italy, 2013) as well as other awards. At several masterclasses, he has had the opportunity to study with Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Harri Mäki, Philippe Berrod and others.
Martin has performed at numerous international and national festivals – BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, Biennale Boulez, Young Euro Classics, Music Biennale Zagreb, Musica Nova Helsinki, Prague Spring, Viva Musica!, Ars Nova etc.