Curriculum vitae - English version

Peter Adamik was born in (West-) Berlin in 1963, where he grew up, studied the violin intensively, completed his schooling and studied architecture, finishing with an intermediate diploma.

Even while in school, he developed a passion for photography, systematically transforming this hobby into a profession. Peter Adamik’s first professional commissions documented the music scene in West Berlin during the second half of the 1980s: Inga and Annette Humpe, Thomas Fehlmann, Rio Reiser, “Neue Deutsche Welle” star Stephan Remmler, the Rainbirds, Katharina Franck. His portrait photographs were published as record covers and his music features by Musikexpress, but also by the Berlin city magazines Zitty and TIP. He also portrayed Berlin fashion icons like RIO and Claudia Skoda and Radical Chic as well as artists, authors, actors and – time and again – musicians.

During the period when the Wall came down, he traveled to places exotic for Westerners at the time, like Prague and Budapest, Cracow and Gdansk. Reporting took him to the brown coal mines of the Lausitz region, to Leipzig and Plauen, to those places where the revolution was really taking place. Via photo reportage, he expanded the Berliner Zeitung’s readership’s view towards the East. His editorials for Max, Cinema, Allegra, Prinz, Das Magazin, Econy, as well as travel reports for the Berliner Zeitung and GEO Saison, round out his portfolio.

Today, Peter Adamik’s work focuses mainly on music and portrait photography and on reportage:

  • Portraits of musicians: Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Albrecht Mayer, Milos, Till Brönner, Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovich, Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Yuja Wang, Yutaka Sado – commissioned, among others, by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin State Opera and international record labels (Universal, Warner, EMI, Sony)
  • Portraits of actors: Christoph M. Orth, Maria Schrader, Jürgen Heinrich, Adriana Altaras, Sabine Kaack, Dietmar Bär, Klaus J. Behrendt, Volkmar Kleinert, Horst-Günter Marx
  • Group portraits of chamber music ensembles: Sharoun-Ensemble, Winds of the Berlin Philharmonic, Tilia Quartet and LindenBrass / Berlin, EnB1 / Stavanger, ABSOLUTE Ensemble / New York
  • Reporting on concert tours of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, for which he developed various innovative formats, including the “panorama photograph”
  • He has enjoyed long-standing partnerships with Berlin’s Philharmonie and the Usedom Music Festival, and recently took photographs at the opening of Stavanger’s Konserthus (Norway).
  • Portraits for law firms, specialist journals and banks
  • Photo reporting and documentation mainly on education projects and cultural sponsorship, e.g. for Berlin’s Philharmonic (Rhythm is it!), LA’s Best (Los Angeles) and the Cultural Foundation of Deutsche Bank
  • Voluminous commissions in various genres for Deutsche Bank, Landesbank Berlin and Mercedes Benz, annual reports for Berliner Volksbank and Sparda Bank Berlin

A recent addition has been the development of a media profile for the ensemble LindenBrass, for which he also acts as a consultant and manager.

Peter Adamik has been happily married to Anke Adamik since 1992 and lives in Berlin with three of his four children. A member of the Purcell Consort, he is still an active violinist.

Translation: Alexa Nieschlag