Adam Chlastawa, a native of Poland, began playing the piano at the age of six. With honors from each academy, Chlastawa graduated in 1997 from music school in Tarnow, Poland and in 2002 from the Chicago Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University under the direction of renowned pianist and Professor, Pawel Checinski.
Chlastawa has participated in various music festivals and seminars conducted by top world-famous pianists. Among these renowned pianists are Janusz Olejniczak, Pawel Skrzypek, Lee Kum-Sing, and Jerome Rose. In 1994, Chlastawa was awarded Third Prize at the National Ignacy Jan Paderewski Contest in Poland. In 1996, he received an honorable mention at the International “Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam” Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
In the United States, Mr. Chlastawa won First Place at Chicago Music Conservatory Concerto Competition and received Second Prize at the Kankakee Piano Concerto Competition performing the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2. In 1999 he was awarded First Prize at the Chicago Chopin Competition sponsored by Kosciuszko Foundation. Adam also won many scholarships at local scholarship contests.
Adam Chlastawa has performed many solo recitals throughout the United States as well as in Poland, Hungary, Taiwan, and Japan. He has participated in the program, “Paderewski Piano on Tour,” sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation and the Polish Museum of America. Chlastawa has also appeared as a soloist with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and has also recorded for a radio station in Chicago. In 2003, Chlastawa gave a series of piano master classes and a performance in Japan sponsored by the Tochigi Chopin Institute of Tochigi City, Japan.