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Adam Cook

Adam Cook

Principal Accompanist

Adam Cook

Adam’s career began in 2005, studying with composer Roger Smalley and pianist Anna Sleptsova at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Shortly after this, Adam was invited to complete a double-major in classical Piano Performance and Composition under Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the Australian National University. Study at the ANU was temporarily interrupted due to an invitation to travel to France and study for one year with Emeritus Professor of the University of Ottawa, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and completed a Diplome d’Etudes musicales.

Returning to Canberra, completing his Bachelor of Music, and beginning professional work in 2011 as the resident accompanist for the ANU, Adam also began teaching privately, performing as a classical chamber and jazz pianist, and receiving contracts as a composer/arranger.

Adam completed his first-class Honours degree in 2012, giving the world premiere of Sitsky’s Sonata No. 2, in three movements, composed for Adam. Adam also edited this piece, which is published under The Keys Press. In 2012, Adam was awarded the biennial Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, given to postgraduate piano students to help them further their career overseas. With this funding, Adam traveled to Paris in order to study composition and improvisation with several established Parisian pianists, and complete a Monotremes-related arrangement project of Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales.

Since returning to Australia, Adam has relocated to Melbourne and currently enjoys freelancing and contract work – as the piano teacher at Victoria University Secondary College, as piano teacher, and Head of Composition at Parkville Music School, and as Senior Accompanist with The Australian Children’s Choir. Adam also accepts work for arrangement/composition, transcription, editing, as well as classical, jazz and band performances.

As a pianist, Adam has performed in most Canberran venues (National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, High Court, Llewellyn Hall, etc), and has performed for several years running in the Canberra International Music Festival as well as Art, not Apart, Bloom Festival, Dragon Dreaming Festival, Viva la Gong Festival and others.