Adam Cook


Adam Cook is a Melbourne-based pianist, composer/arranger, and teacher.

Adam began his studies with jazz pianist/composer/arranger Will Upson at high school, and later with composer Roger Smalley and pianist Anna Sleptsova at the University of Western Australia in Perth, WA.

Adam later completed his university study in Piano Performance and Composition under the mentorship of Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the Australian National University.
In the course of this study, Adam studied for one year in France with Emeritus Professor of the University of Ottawa, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and completed a Diplôme d'
études musicales.

Upon completion of his studies, Adam immediately began professional work in 2011 as the resident accompanist for the ANU, working with all instrument types - woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, and voice - in the classical and jazz/contemporary idioms. Adam also began teaching privately, performing as a classical, chamber and jazz pianist, and receiving contracts as a composer/arranger.

Adam completed his first-class Honours degree in 2012, giving the world première of Sitsky's Sonata No. 2, in three movements, composed for Adam. Adam also edited this piece, which is published under The Keys Press.

Adam has created a vehicle for his own compositions, a band now known as Melbourne-based The Monotremes. A multigenre, jazzpunk, psychedelic six-piece, The Monotremes use extended compositional forms based in jazz harmony, and experiment with colourful orchestration & sudden shifts in style, genre and colour. These tunes are influenced mainly by Zappa, Bach, Shostakovich, Ravel, Monk, Beck, gorillaz, Hendrix, etc. The Monotremes’ first release, Phantasmagorganism EP, is available for free streaming hereand purchase here.

In 2012, Adam was awarded the biennial Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, given to postgraduate piano students to help them further their career overseas. With this money Adam traveled to Paris in order to study composition and improvisation with several established Parisian pianists, and complete a Monotremes-related arrangement project of Maurice Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales.

Adam is currently based in Melbourne enjoying both freelance and contract work - as the piano teacher at Victoria University Secondary College, as piano teacher and head of composition at Parkville Music School, and as Senior Accompanist with the Australian Children's Choir.

Adam is currently accepting work for :

  • Arrangement
  • Composition
  • Transcription/editing
  • Accompaniment (classical/jazz)

For any queries, please contact Adam using the online contact form here.

As a pianist, Adam has performed in most Canberran venues (National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, High Court, Llewellyn Hall, etc.), and has performed for several years running in the Canberra International Music Festival, as well as Art, not Apart, Bloom Festival, Dragon Dreaming Festival, Viva la Gong Festival and others.

As composer and arranger, Adam participated in The Song Company's MODART13 program, writing a vocal piece taking as its inspiration Edgar Allen Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Arrangements and compositions for The Monotremes include the Phantasmagorganism EP, released in 2013; an arrangement of Poulenc's 1928 Concert champêtre (harpsichord concerto); and an upcoming release of arrangements of Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales. Adam also occasionally finds time to compose multigenre chiptune-inspired tracks under the artist name chippysthedoggy - whose first EP release, Canis Velpix EP, will be available in August 2016. Other compositions and arrangements by Adam have been featured in the Centenary of Canberra (Andrew Schultz / Canberra Symphony Orchestra), Canberra International Music Festival (Elizabeth Wallfisch / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra), Melbourne's Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival (Deborah Conway / Willy Zygier) and more recently, the Australian Children's Choir featuring Yvonne Kelly as soloist. Adam's original compositional catalogue is available on the Cut Common online store.