Adam Silverman

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Adam Benjamin Silverman (born in 1973, Atlanta, GA) is a composer of contemporary classical music. His works include the opera Korczak's Orphans (to a libretto by Susan Gubernat, based on the life of Holocaust martyr from Poland Janusz Korczak), chamber and orchestral music, and music for the theater. With composers Dennis DeSantis, Roshanne Etezady, and Ken Ueno, he founded the Minimum Security Composers Collective.


Beginning his musical career as a rock guitarist and songwriter, he went on to study classical composition at the Vienna Musikhochschule and Yale with composers such as Ned Rorem, Kurt Schwertsik, Ezra Laderman and Martin Bresnick. As a student, he was especially interested in the musical system of microtonal just intonation, and studied closely with composer Ben Johnston. His compositions Durham (Triangle Quartet) (1996, for string quartet) and Just Music Makes Me Lose My Temper (1995, for electric guitar, keyboard, and percussion) are just intonation compositions.

After composing Durham (Triangle Quartet), he turned away from just intonation to compose chromatic tonal music. These works reflect a variety of influences, including a series inspired by Irish dance music (Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels (String Quartet No. 3), McAllister's Ceilidh, and Spark in the Shoe), Beatles songs (In Another Man's Skin, E Uno Plures) and classical music (Nocturnes and Reveries).

Since 2006, Silverman has held the position of Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


In addition to Korczak's Orphans, his principal compositions include Sturm (2002, for piano trio), three string quartets (1996, 2000, 2005), In Another Man's Skin (2000, for sextet eighth blackbird), Hard Knocks (1999, for orchestra) and stars, cars, bars (1999, for speaking marimbist, based on a passage from Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita"). His works for percussion ensemble—the quartet "Quick Blood" (2001), "Gasoline Rainbow" (2009) and "Naked And On Fire" (2011) -- have been played widely at American universities. Since 2011, Silverman has composed concertos for alto saxophone and wind ensemble ("Alternating Current"), marimba and wind ensemble ("Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink"), and a double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra.


  • 2013: "Florida State Percussion Ensemble Volume Two: Not Far From Here" Florida State University.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Naked and On Fire
  • 2011: "Prism Saxophone Quartet: Dedication" Innova Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Just A Minute, Chopin
  • 2010: "Florida State Percussion Ensemble Volume One" Florida State University.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Gasoline Rainbow
  • 2010: "Amy Sue Barston: Memories & Souvenirs" Calabaza Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: There Comes My Heart
    • Includes Adam Silverman: I love my love with a v
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Baby Blackbird, Fly Now
    • Includes Adam Silverman: The Heart and The Hand (Elegy for Mark Silverman)
  • 2009: "Sturm: Compositions by Adam Silverman" New Focus Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Sturm, performed by James Stern, Amy Sue Barston and Audrey Andrist.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Nocturnes and Reveries, performed by Audrey Andrist.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Ricochet, performed by Strata.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels, performed by the Corigliano Quartet.
  • 2007: "Daniel Lippel: "Sustenance." New Focus Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Three Fell Swoops.
  • 2006: "Lara Downes: "Dream of Me." Tritone Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Nocturnes and Reveries.
  • 1998: "The Frog Peak Collaborations Project." Frog Peak Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Credit is the History of Words Without History.
  • 1998: "New Music: Young Composers." Cane Records.
    • Includes Adam Silverman: Just Music Makes Me Lose My Temper.

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