Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler is a concert organist whose programs explore connections between early and contemporary music, the works of female composers, the music of Eastern Europe, and improvisation. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the US as a soloist and ensemble player. Ilona’s most exciting professional engagements happened at the Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Orgelpark and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar, the Issue Project Room in New York, “Right Brain Rising!” festival in Arizona, “Musica Moderna” festival in Łódź, with the US Air Force Strings at St. John’s Episcopal in Washington DC, at the Westfield Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and Göteborg International Organ Academy in Sweden.
Ilona graduated from three conservatoria: Academy of Music in Łódź (MA), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (MM), and Arizona State University (DMA), where she studied with Irena Wisełka-Cieślar, Jacques van Oortmerssen, and Kimberly Marshall. She worked as an Assistant Professor of Organ at the Academy of Music in Łódź, and as a Research Assistant and Faculty Associate at ASU. Since 2006, Ilona has been composing, improvising and performing new music for multiple pianos, organs, and laptops with Jacob Adler in their duo Zeelab. Her 2015 solo album Antique Sound Palette, recorded on the recently restored 1719 Hildebrandt organ in Pasłęk, was featured on American Public Radio.
An active musician and educator in Arizona, Ilona currently holds the position of Associate Director of Ministries in Music and Arts / Organist at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, where she plays the masterful Richards, Fowkes op. 14 organ. She is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, American Choral Directors Association, and serves as the Education Chair at the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In her free time she hikes, bikes, and enjoys yoga. She is a happy mother of two sons. kubiaczyk.com