Adam Heron was born in Hong Kong of Nigerian-Filipino descent and subsequently adopted by his Irish mother.
Acclaimed by The Sunday Times for the verve and spirit of his performances, Adam Heron is swiftly earning a reputation as one of the most innovative pianists of his generation.
Adam rose to prominence following his television debut in 2018 as a ‘BBC Young Musician’ piano finalist and went on to win the 2020 Harriet Cohen Bach Prize. He has given solo recitals at leading international venues including the Center for Arts in Cairo and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. Performances in the UK have included such venues as Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Southbank Centre, St George’s Bristol, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Holburne Museum and Wigmore Hall.
He has attended masterclasses with renowned pianists including Anne Queffélec, Imogen Cooper, John Lill, Paul Lewis, Stephen Hough and Yevgeny Sudbin.
Festival appearances include The Aegean Arts International Festival (Greece), The Cayman Arts Festival (Cayman Islands), The Cheltenham Music Festival (UK) and The GAP Arts Festival (Ireland).
Adam appears regularly in the media including on BBC Radio 3 and specialist broadcast platforms such as Colourful Radio. He has worked with leading presenters including Katie Derham and Sean Rafferty.
In addition to his solo work, Adam is also a collaborative pianist, composer and conductor. He has performed with eminent musicians such as saxophonist Amy Dickson, double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE, violinists Christopher Quaid and Daniel Pioro, sopranos Francesca Chiejina and Yaritza Véliz, as well as cellists Laura van der Heijden and Jamie Walton. In 2016, the Chineke! Orchestra invited him to become one of its first concerto soloists, and he has since worked with leading conductors including David Curtis, Jonathon Heyward, Pete Harrison and Timothy Carey.
Adam is a laureate of the Stefano Marizza International Piano Competition in Italy and the International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco, where he additionally received the Prix Spécial from the Embassy of France in Rabat for his command of French music.
As a recipient of the Hargreaves and Ball scholarship, Adam studied with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Cambridge.
Supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust, Irish Heritage, The Hattori Foundation, the Macfarlane Walker Trust, Talent Unlimited Foundation and The Tillett Trust, Adam currently studies with Penelope Roskell in London.