Adriana Hölszky (born 30 June 1953) is an Romanian-born German music educator, composer and pianist who has been living in Germany since 1976. Hölszky was born in Bucharest, Romania. In the years 1959-1969 she studied piano with Olga Rosca-Berdan at the music school in Bucharest. In 1972, she began to study composition with Ştefan Niculescu as parallel to piano studies at the Bucharest Music Conservatory. In 1976 she moved with her family to Germany. Here she continued her studies, and in 1977-1980 she studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart with Milko Kelemen, and chamber music with Günter Louegk. During her studies she performed as a pianist of the Trio Lipatti.
In 1977 and 1978, she participated in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy, and in 1978-1984 regularly in the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. In 1980 she received a teaching position at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, and in 1983 a grant from the Arts Foundation of Baden-Württemberg. In 1986 she took first place at the Composers’ Forum of the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. In 1987 she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Lower Saxony. In 1992 she took composition seminars in Tokyo and Kyoto, and at the IRCAM in Paris. Her increasing international popularity was shown by three concerts she performed in Athens, Thessaloniki and Boston in 1993.
Between 1997 and 2000, Hölszky was professor of composition at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre, and since 2000 she has been professor of composition at theMozarteum University of Salzburg. Since 2002 she has been a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin.
She was awarded the Prize of the International Chamber Music Competition in Florence (1978), 1st Price of the Valentino Bucchi Composition Competition in Rome (1979), the Prize of the International Chamber Music Competition in Colmar France (1980), Gaudeamus Prize, Bilthoven, Netherlands (1981), the Max Deutsch Paris Prize, Prize of the City of Stuttgart, Composition Prize of the East German Cultural Foundation (1982), 1st Price EnsembliaComposition Competition, Monchengladbach (1985), Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize, Mannheim GEDOK Price (1985), the Prize of the City of Stuttgart (1988), 1st Prize at GEDOK International Composition Competition (1989), Artist Award Heidelberg and Mainz Schneider-Schott Music Prize (1990), Rome Prize of the Villa Massimo (1991), the Bach Prize of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (2003) (source)