Originally from the north suburbs of Chicago, Adam grew up listening to all kinds of music, and fostered a love for playing piano at an early age. When he was eighteen-years-old, he moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music from which he graduated in 2011. While there he was extremely fortunate to be mentored by modern jazz piano icons Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.
Adam’s progressive rock/jazz trio, KROM, turned heads with their debut album “Youngblood” on ZOHO Records in 2012. This album, which was produced by GRAMMY-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill, reached number fourteen on the College Music Journal radio charts and was widely acclaimed by critics. It was picked as one of the Top Ten CDs of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, named the Debut Album of the Year by Nippertown Magazine, and hailed as “one of the most captivating discs by a jazz trio in years” by the Toledo Blade. 2014 saw the release of KROM’s second album (self-titled), which was also lauded by critics and received a 3.5 star review in Downbeat Magazine.
Aside from KROM, Adam is has spent the last several years touring with pop singer Phoebe Ryan as her keyboardist and music director. With Phoebe, Adam has toured the United States as an opening act for artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Charlie Puth, Tove Lo, and others. They have also performed at some of the nation’s largest music festivals such as the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. Further, Adam is a co-founder (alongside pianist Angelo Di Loreto) of the Genesis Piano Project. This project is a duo dedicated to performing the music of the progressive rock band Genesis on two grand pianos. They have toured Europe twice selling out theaters and concert halls, and have also performed at the Schiolife Festival which has featured prog luminaries such as Rick Wakeman (the keyboardist from Yes) as well as Genesis’ own Steve Hackett. The Genesis Piano Project will release their first album in the Fall of 2021.
As an addition to performing, Adam is an active composer for TV and film and co-runs the audio company Young Lion Audio with its founder Dan Rufolo. Together they have scored several indie films and documentaries, and their work has been heard on Say Yes To The Dress, The Voice, NPR's All Things Considered, and other programming for TLC and HBO. They have also scored commercials for Prudential, PepsiCo, Viacom, The Lottery, and more. Adam has also been commissioned to write a piece for Arturo O'Farrill's GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
"His skilled and explosive technique glides from side to side on the keys of the piano as he aptly borrows from the chambers of his conservatory-training to inexhaustibly excel on [his] mind-altering compositions" - Rob Young, Urbanflux
“Kromelow is the real deal and, as he develops into a seasoned veteran, he'll be one worth watching.” – All About Jazz
“Not only does Adam possess the technical skill and fluidity of a conservatory-trained pianist, but he also has a much rarer skill – he is a creative and unique voice.” – Arturo O’Farrill, artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
“Adam Kromelow is an adventurous spirit on the piano. He's not afraid to tap various histories of music: whether it's his original compositions, Thelonious Monk, or Genesis. He demands my attention when his hands are at the piano.” – Jason Moran, Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center