Adjunct Assistant Professor, Piano
Adam Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and South America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Juilliard Concerto and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions, and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. He made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1989 and has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFUV, WVOX and Sirius Radio stations. Chamber music has been an important part of his concert life, most recently with the Damocles Trio, which has performed both in the United States and abroad. The group's recording of Joaquín Turina's complete piano trios and quartet with Emerson Quartet violist Lawrence Dutton was released by Claves Records in 2004, followed up by their recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos's complete piano trios and Oscar Lorenzo Fernândez's Trio brasileiro in 2009.
Spanish music has been a specialty of Kent's, whose advocacy has been acknowledged by the Spanish government on numerous occasions. In 2011, King Juan Carlos I of Spain honored the pianist by bestowing Spain's Orden al Mérito Civil, and the Consulate General of Spain in New York underwrote his course on the history of Spanish music at Brooklyn College. The Spanish Consulate has also sponsored numerous appearances by Kent at New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture awarded him a grant for Música por doquier/Hispanic Music Everywhere, a year-long celebration of Spanish and Latin-American music in New York with the Damocles Trio and Spanish composer and conductor Salvador Brotons. The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU have also sponsored a number of Kent's Hispanic-themed projects, including commissions of new works by Tania León, Salvador Brotons, Miguel-Ángel Roig-Francolì and others.
Kent's critically acclaimed recording of the complete works of Ernesto Halffter is available on Bridge Records, and a recent performance of Book I of Albéniz's Iberia suite was praised in the Indianapolis Star as "Albénizian to the core...his suave legato touch wedded to a tone with an Old World patina about it." Excelsior of Mexico City enthused about a recent all-Spanish recital, "Adam Kent brought not only magnificent technical ability to the music, but managed to go beyond the printed page, delving into the essence of what the composer sought to express." Kent's expertise in this repertory has also extended to interviews and performances in several recent documentaries on Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla.
Recent performances have included a series of solo and chamber music performances at BargeMusic; appearances with the Charlotte, the Westchester Chamber, the Long Island and "Il mosaico" Symphonies; solo and chamber music performances and bilingual lecture-recitals throughout Spain; several live broadcasts on WQXR radio; concerts with the Damocles Trio in Maryland, Arizona and California, and on the Composers Now! and Sonidos series at Symphony Space; a concert of tango music at the South Tyrol Jazz Festival in Bolzano, Italy; and performances at the Long Island Beethoven Festival. Summers find Kent serving as director of cultural outreach at the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain and teaching and performing at the Summit Music Festival in New York.
Kent received a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and served as an adjunct professor. His dissertation, "The Use of Catalan Folk Materials in the Works of Federico Mompou and Joaquín Nin-Culmell," was awarded the school's Richard F. French Prize, and his writings have appeared in Clavier and Music in Art magazines and in a Spanish-language monograph on Xavier Montsalvatge published by the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He joined the piano faculty of Brooklyn College's Conservatory in 2008 and also serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and New Jersey City University.