Martin Adamek

Martin Adámek
Clarinet | E-flat clarinet

Principal clarinet of the Ensemble Intercontemporain

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Leoš Janáček International Competition – 1st prize

Clarinet Competition Carlino – 1st prize


What is the best thing about playing the clarinet?

What I love about my instrument is its vast range of colours, dynamics and its versatility. You can bring an endless amount of contrasting characters to life. You can start the sound from absolute silence in every register (unlike other wind instruments) and reach unexpected forti. The clarinet is also a very popular instrument and often a favourite one of contemporary music composers.

If you could ask any composer one question, who would you pick and what would you ask him/her?

I would have a whisky with Gustav Mahler during the time he was composing his 9th Symphony and just talk to him about life because I feel he just needed a pal at that point. I would also ask him what he was feeling when he wrote the last movement. But I guess for that we would need more than one bottle…

What is your guilty pleasure that you only listen to in secret?

Recently I love listening to Glass Animals. I started playing around with various audio-editing software and so I learned to appreciate the production quality of their songs and many other bands'.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I would love to be able to walk around a city like Paris, for example, and be transported to any point in history and see the life in that specific time period.

What has been your best AMK moment so far?

While there were countless amazing moments during our first residency this summer [2017], I learned to appreciate the unavoidable disagreements with my colleagues which arise while we organise future projects. I think that it teaches us to be more empathetic and work with other people who sometimes have very contrasting opinions but, fortunately, the same goal. Sometimes it is better to just let go and set our ego aside.

Describe AMK in three words.

Always with covfefe.