Concerts and Projects


ARCTIC AND THE ANTIPODES | Two-Piano Recital with Alex Raineri| Espoo Cultural Centre, Lämpiö | 16.03.2024 |  15:00


Finnish-Australian pianist Adam Herd is joined by Australian pianist Alex Raineri, performing a glittering program of two-piano music from the Arctic (Finland) and the antipodes (Australia).
This is a rare opportunity to witness two dueling grand pianos!
The program features:
🎹 The European premier of Australian composer, Holly Harrison's grooving and grinding "Crunch" for piano duet.
🎹 Whirling, glittering, opulent, ballroom scenes in Selim Palmgren's "The Masked Ball"
🎹 Moody and brooding Irish folk music in Amy Beach's "Suite for Two Pianos founded on Old Irish Melodies"
🎹 An undanceable British dance-tune in Percy Grainger's two-piano arrangement of "Shepherd's Hey"
Main Foyer of the Espoo Cultural Centre
Free entry
Programs available to purchase for 15€
SATURDAY15th of March, 2024
Concert supported by Creative Australia and Espoon Musiikkiopisto

Link to facebook event info: Facebook event






OFF BEAT - piano recital

OFF BEAT | Piano Recital | Espoo Cultural Centre, Lämpiö | 12.11.2023  |  13:00

Step into a world of syncopation.
In this Sunday lunchtime piano concert, Australian-Finnish pianist, Adam Gordon Herd performs virtuosic interpretations of jazz, folk and pop music on the piano.
Free entry
Programs 15€

Link to facebook event info: OFF BEAT - Facebook event

SUNDAY 12.11.2023    13:00


Trygve Madsen - 3 Preludes from Op.101
George Gershwin arr. Earl Wild - 4 Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs
- Embraceable You
- Fascinatin' Rhythm
- The Man I Love
- I got Rhythm
Three Bird Songs
- Jos voisin laulaa kuin lintu voi arr. Merikanto
- Iso lintu merikotka arr. Merikanto
- Blackbird - Lennon/McCartney arr. Herd
Nikolai Kapustin - 3 Concert Etudes
- Pastoral
- Intermezzo
- Toccata







Autumn Leaves | Piano Recital | Hakasalmen Huvila, Helsinki | 04.11.2022 18:30

First performed in Australia, Adam now brings this beautiful concert program of Autumnal piano-postcards to Helsinki, Finland.
A solo recital of piano music including works by Debussy, Piazzolla, Chaminade, Yoshimatsu, Melartin and more.
The concert is in two halves with a brief intermission.
Tickets 15€/10€ available from: digilippu
Link to facebook event info: Autumn Leaves - FB event

Hakasalmen Huvila, Helsinki Finland
Friday 04.11.2022







Doctoral Studies: Sounds Like Jazz

Kapustin Sonata No. 14 Op. 120, 3rd Movement recorded live at Helsinki Musiikkitalo, September 21, 2015 (Doctoral Degree Recital No. 1 - Sounds Like Jazz: From Rags to Riches)

Adam is currently undertaking an Artistic Doctoral Degree at the Helsinki Univerisity of the Arts, Sibelius Academy. His project is entitled Sounds Like Jazz: Contextualising the music of Nikolai Kapustin through jazz-influenced piano repertoire of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. It focuses on the music of living Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin, whose piano works seamlessly combine jazz and classical idioms. The project also explores jazz-influenced piano repertoire through a series of five exciting concerts that demonstrate the cross-fertilization between classical and jazz music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The research component investigates the multifaceted, portfolio-career paths of professional pianists and examines what university programs can be doing to better equip these musicians for contemporary working life.


King's Tree

Adam is the founder, arranger and artistic director of the quartet King's Tree. This lively ensemble combines the virtuosity of four Sibelius Academy graduates in arrangements of popular tunes borrowing from classical, jazz folk and world music.