Adam Gurczak: Double Bass
Adam completed his MMus from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a B.M. in Music Performance, a B.A. in Italian Studies, and a Thematic Minor in Global Studies.
Adam has premiered many new works both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with the New England Symphony, Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Philharmonic, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Outside of the classical realm, he works as the Education Manager for the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad; is the Head of Communications and Design for Out to Lunch Records; and is the bassist in the four-piece roots band Amber Wilds. He is passionate about collaboration and social change through music, and is dedicated to implementing culturally-responsive and equity-centered programs.
As a teacher, he runs his own private studio and is a founding faculty member at StringPlay, Arizona, where he has worked since its founding in 2013. Previously, he taught at the Boston Music Project (formerly the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program), where he co-taught in two orchestras with students ranging from grades 1-5; the New England Music Academy; and at schools in Tucson, AZ. His teaching focuses on healthy playing, creative development, and skill-building for success.
Beyond performing and teaching, Adam is also a freelance photographer, designer, and painter, working with unconventional media such as tea and coffee.
“With students, Adam is exceptionally kind, caring, and supportive. He's an intuitive teacher, with a knack for sensing what students need and finding multiple ways to communicate concepts. Adam is also a wonderful musician. There are few bass players I have met or known who have the type of diverse chops that he has, equally comfortable and confident in multiple genres. And he's a fantastic listener, always focused on how he can best support the playing of those around him. (This, of course, is also how he teaches!) All that said, however, I think the most succinct way I can tell you how I feel about Adam is this: if there was anything I could do to get him to move back here to Arizona to help me run my year-round program, I would do it in a heartbeat. He is, in a word, incredible.”
Taylor Morris, Director, StringPlay