Perhaps it’s fitting that a young millennial composer and pianist would approach his music career with an entrepreneur flair, for Toronto native Adam Sherkin it’s business as usual. He is extremely active on social media, continuing to broaden his fan base by offering last minute ticket reductions and free lunchtime concerts. He recognizes that the future of classical music is uncertain and he is constantly looking for new innovative methods to expand its audience.
He began playing at the age of five, but maintains that it wasn’t until he was 16 that he seriously entertained the idea of pursuing a musical career. As a graduate from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London, Adam suggests that he isn’t naturally gifted rather he has worked very hard at perfecting his craft.
As both a performer and composer, Adam loves both equally. He has appeared in performance at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Four Seasons Centre, the Glenn Gould Studio, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Sanderson Centre for the Arts, the Royal Conservatory, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall, among others. Adam’s works have been premiered throughout Canada, the United States and Britain including Toronto, Ottawa, Washington, Philadelphia, Manchester and London (UK). Venues have included the Luminato Festival, the Spotlight Festival (Waterloo), the King’s Lynn Festival (Norfolk), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Warehouse and the National Portrait Gallery in London. The National Youth Orchestra of Canada performed and recorded Adam’s Terra Incognita (2005) on tour in the Summer of 2012, under the baton of Alain Trudel. An associate of the Canadian Music Centre, Adam recently released his solo debut album, As at First, on the Centrediscs label.