Adam Cook


I am a Melbourne-based pianist, composer/arranger, and teacher.

I began my 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.

I completed my university study in Piano Performance and Composition under the mentorship of Em. Prof. Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the Australian National University.
During this time, I studied for one year in France with
Emeritus Professor of the University of Ottawa, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and completed my Diplôme d'études musicales to jury unanimity.

I immediately began professional work in 2011 as the resident accompanist for the ANU, working with all instrument and voice types in the classical and jazz/contemporary idioms. I also began private teaching, and performing as a classical, chamber and jazz pianist, receiving several contracts as a composer and arranger.

I completed my Honours degree in 2012, giving the world première of Sitsky's Sonata No. 2, in three movements, composed for me. I was also the editor of this piece, which is published under The Keys Press.

I have created a vehicle for my 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, experimenting 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.

A contemporary arrangement of Poulenc’s 1928 harpsichord concerto, the Concert champêtre, was also part of my ANU Honours Project. A copy of this audio/video recording, plus arrangement, can be found here.

In 2012, I was awarded the biennial
Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, given to postgraduate piano students to help them further their career overseas. With this money I 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.

My most recent performance projects include the recording of two EPs with countertenor Max Riebl, entitled Es kümmert mich nicht (BWV 2018) and Skyfall (BWV 2018: Part 2) respectively. These raw, spontaneous recordings contain scholarship, improvisation and pure emotion in equal parts.

I am currently based in Melbourne enjoying both freelance and contract work, while working part-time as piano teacher / accompanist at Westbourne Grammar School.

I am currently accepting queries regarding:

  • Arrangement

  • Composition

  • Transcription/editing

  • Accompaniment (classical/jazz)

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

As a pianist, I have performed in most Canberran venues (National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, High Court, Llewellyn Hall, etc.), and have 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, etc.

As composer and arranger, I 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.

I also occasionally find time to compose multigenre chiptune-inspired tracks under the artist name chippysthedoggy - whose first EP release, Canis Velpix EP, was released in December 2018 and is available here.

Other compositions and arrangements 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 at the celebrated Carols in the Cathedral concert series. I have also arranged several pieces for students at Westbourne Grammar School, where I am currently employed as accompanist and piano teacher. My original compositional catalogue is available on the Cut Common online store.

Enjoy your visit to my website and stay informed about my latest on my YouTube, soundcloud and bandcamp pages.