Hi, I am the solo clarinettist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris since 2016. I would like to share my knowledge and experience with you


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. 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.

• Soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain since 2016
• Solo clarinet of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
• Co-founding member of the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester
• Graduate of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno
• Winner of the Leoš Janáček International Clarinet Competition 2014
• Winner of the Carlino Clarinet Competition 2013
• Masterclasses with Yehuda Gilad, Charles Neidich, Harri Mäki and Philippe Berrod

Experience & Education

  • Ensemble Intercontemporain 2016 – Present
    Solo Clarinet
    Founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble Intercontemporain is one of the world's leading ensembles specialising in contemporary music.
  • Alma Mahler Kammerorchester 2017 – Present
    Alma Mahler Kammerorchester is a chamber orchestra founded on the beliefs of friendship, diversity and a never-ending curiosity. Its musicians are young professionals from all over Europe.
  • The Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic 2014 – 2017
    Clarinet performance
    Student of Milan Polák and Vít Spilka
  • Bratislava Conservatory, Slovakia 2010 – 2015
    Clarinet performance
    Student of Peter Drlička and Alexander Stepanov
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Jagoda Peresławska September

I enjoyed my lesson with Martin a lot. He helped me with my sound, technique and style and offered a lot of original and interesting insights. I would strongly recommend him to any clarinet student. I was a bit sceptical at first because of his age, but I was proven wrong immediately. He is a very mature and intelligent clarinettist, and an incredible musician. Can't wait to have a next lesson.

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