Adam Kornas was grateful to have been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in 2015 for the composition of his ballet Hansel and Gretel.
Adam began his composition studies with Dr Gavin Wayte at Chetham's School of Music and continued his studies with Dr Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music, London. In July 2014, Adam graduated with a first class honours degree. During his studies, Adam had works performed and workshopped by ensembles such as the Manchester Camerata, London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Trio, and the Archos String Quartet; at prestigious venues including St Martin in the Fields, Rambert, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Salzburg Mozarteum.
In 2012, Adam was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize for his string quintet, ‘Paradise Regained.’ The award is supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians of which Adam is a Yeoman member. Their continued support has lead to subsequent performances of this work in London and in the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, as well as a performance in Vienna.
In 2014, Adam became involved in a collaboration with KSDance. This collaboration with the prestigious Warrington based dance school has resulted in the creation of 3 new ballets. The first of these was titled, ‘The King and Mrs Simpson.’ This ballet tells the passionate story of King Edward VIII and his controversial abdication of the throne to marry the politically and socially unsuitable Wallis Simpson. The ballet was premiered on April 11th, 2014, at The Brindley Theatre to critical acclaim. The second ballet that has resulted from this collaboration was, 'Dance of Life,' which depicts three snapshots of dance through the ages, from folk dancing, through grand waltzes, and contemporary dance. This was premiered at the Brindley Theatre in March 2015 and was performed at the Royal Northern College of Music in May 2015. Adam's most recent commission from KSDance was to write the score for a new production of Hansel and Gretel. This was premiered on their AllegroDance tour in February 2016.
Adam's most recent orchestral work was commissioned by Catherine Perkins and involved a very productive collaboration with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. The title of this orchestral piece is, 'Shangaan,' which is the name of the Caracal who's enclosure is sponsored by Catherine. The piece was premiered at the Floral Pavillion, New Brighton on 21st March 2015 and you can find the more about the collaboration on the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra website where the parts are also available for download.
Adam is currently working on a violin concerto for the leader of the Chester Philharmonic and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Andrew Winter.