Philip Adamson


Philip Adamson

Photo: Kevin Kavanaugh


Philip Adamson, Pianist & Pedagogue

Philip Adamson’s solo recitals frequently explore less familiar areas of the repertoire, and he has given first North American performances of several twentieth century British and French piano works.  He has performed across Canada and in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and has been heard frequently on CBC. An album of piano music by the French composer André Jolivet appeared in 2004 on the Centaur label, eliciting such comments in the international press as “formidable technical prowess” and “powerful performance.” In 2011 Centaur Records also released a disc of English piano music, featuring works by Frank Bridge, Arnold Bax, and Humphrey Searle: American Record Guide called it “a mandatory acquisition.” More recently he has turned his attention to solo Canadian piano music, and to the thirty-two sonatas of Beethoven.

Formerly a faculty member of Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba, Dr Adamson has taught for many years at the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada). An honourary life member of the Canadian University Music Society (MusCan), he has lectured and performed many times at the Society’s annual meetings, and at international conferences.

Philip Adamson is also active as an adjudicator and clinician. His hobbies include photography and gardening.