Adrian Romoff, a 12-year-old piano prodigy, took a break from his sophomore studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock to make his debut at Lincoln Center September 16.
Adrian is looking forward to all of his classes this semester, especially History of Video Games. Already fluent in Russian, Adrian took French his first year and this year, has added Chinese.
In his first year at Simon’s Rock, Adrian had to find a balance between his academic and musical studies. His first-year advisor, Anne O’Dwyer, said “he faced particular challenges not because of his young age, but because of his need and desire to balance full-time college studies with a significant time commitment to his music study away from campus.”
Anne and Adrian developed a schedule that worked for him. “Adrian worked to find a balance that was doable with the same positive energy that I’ve seen in so many of our first-year students who find themselves, often for the first time, among others who share their love of learning.”
His first day in the lab, Patty recognized that Adrian was ready to engage. His absolute knowledge and adherence to curiosity signified to Patty that “Adrian belongs here.”
“I am very lucky to be in an amazing school like Simon’s Rock, and to collaborate with wonderful professors and great friends. I am glad the college believed in me to give me the opportunity to continue my education and my passion for the never-ending accumulation of knowledge.”
Adrian has displayed his talent on the Ellen Degeneres Show and The Queen Latifah Show, performed with the Zac Brown Band at Fenway Park in Boston, and appeared in Anchorman 2 with Will Ferrell. Adrian made a guest appearance on the German television show Superkids, and in 2016, won Child Genius on the Lifetime Network. At the age of 9, Adrian auditioned for the ninth season of America's Got Talent; his audition was the first one televised that season. He made it all the way to the quarterfinals.
In Fayette County, Georgia, where Adrian graduated high school, the board of commissioners designated May 26, 2016 Adrian Romoff Day.