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Adam Mital

Adam Mital was born in Lucerne in 1979. Having repeatedly won national and international competitions, he today pursues a variety of concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician. His numerous competition successes include the second prize at the International Adam Cello Competition in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009, second prize and Bach Prize at the international Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2004, first prizes at the Concours Avant-Scènes Paris, the International Prague Spring Festival Competition and the Concours International de Douai Georges Prêtre. He also won first prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competition and the Concours du Festival du Jura, and was awarded bursaries by Migros, the Friedl Wald Foundation, the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation and the Yamaha Music Foundation.

Adam Mital’s concert activities have taken him to countries in Europe and overseas. He has given solo concerts and recitals at famous venues like the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Culture and Convention Centre in Lucerne, the Cité de la Musiqueand the Théâtre Mogador in Paris, the Martinu Hall in Prague and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He has also performed at major music festivals like the Lucerne Festival, the Menuhin Festival and the SommetsMusicaux in Gstaad, the International Handel Festival in Halle, the Martinu Festival in Deauville, the Festival Internacional de Santanderand in concert series at the Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava and the Burghof in Lörrach. He has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras like the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana, the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ploiesti and chamber orchestras like the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra in Essen, the Slovak Sinfonietta in Zilina and the Lucerne Festival Strings at the Culture and Convention Centre during the Lucerne Festival in 2010. He has worked with conductors like Achim Fiedler, Ilarion Ionescu-Galati and Leos Svarovsky. He has made various radio and television recordings with stations like Bayerischer Rundfunk, Schweizer Radio DRS 2, Radio Espace2, MDR and Radio Classique France.

An impassioned chamber musician, Adam Mital devotes himself intensively to the cello and piano duo with his wife Olimpia Tolan, giving recitals regularly throughout Europe. He also performs in piano trios and other chamber groupings, and has played with personalities like Peter Frankl, Zakhar Bron, Hansjörg Schellenberger and Eric Le Sage. His interest and repertoire ranges from early Baroque works to the present and he has worked with contemporary composers like Richard Dubugnon, who dedicated Folia (2007), a piece for solo cello, to him.

Born into a family of musicians, he came in contact with piano and chamber-music literature at a very early age and began playing the cello at the age of seven. At the Basel Academy of Music, where he completed his teacher’s diploma, he studied the cello with Reinhard Latzko and chamber music with Gérard Wyss. He went on to study with Miklós Perényi at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (“Cycle de perfectionnement”) and with Frans Helmerson at the CologneHochschule für Musik, where he passed the concert examination in 2007. He also attended the courses of Mario Brunello, Boris Pergamenschikov and János Starker. Christophe Coin and Rainer Zipperling gave him important stimulus regarding historical performance practice.

With the “Benefitconcerts Mital-Tolan”, the society he formed in 2008, Adam Mital strives to connect the joy wonderful music brings with humanitarian projects and help for the needy.