Adam Zolty

Dana Lyon Fellow


“My parents were born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in the 1990’s. My father is an anaplastologist, making facial prosthetics for cancer patients and accident victims; my mother was a professional ballet dancer... My first compositional experience began with me improvising on my mother’s upright piano through which I was able to facilitate her classes without the need of sheet music. My mother would enunciate through singing and gesturing the time signature she required in her exercises and I would imitate it and continue with a piece on the piano... This visual perspective of music still holds true for me today.”

— Adam Zolty

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Adam Zolty first studied Composition and Piano under his teacher and mentor Iman Habibi for over six years. He is now currently finished his final year of composition in the Bachelor of Music program at UBC where he studied composition under Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, and Jocelyn Morelock. Adam has received many performances of his work by esteemed Canadian ensembles and performers including NU:BC ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Bergmann Duo, UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Heidi Krutzen. Adam Composed a four hand piano piece called “Chase” played by the Bergmann Duo which won him first prize at the Langley Pulse Summer Festival Composers Competition in 2013, and winning again in 2014 for his three movement Piano Trio called “The City”.

In 2016, Adam composed a Quartet called “Innuendos,” which was premiered in Victoria B.C at the vsNEW festival. The next year, Adam's wind ensemble piece Toccata was performed by the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 2018 Adam had three world premieres: a duet "Toys" for piano and violin performed by players of the UBC Contemporary Players ensemble, his first piano etude: "Drumkit" performed by Markus Masaites; a student of Corey Hamm, and a three movement piece for NU:BC Ensemble called "Three Expressions for Piano Septet", performed as part of Vancouver ProMusica's Sonic Boom Festival. In his music, Adam strives to create musical experiences that are true to the quirks of human nature as well as the natural world.