Conductor, Composer and Pianist, Thomas Adès, was born in London in 1971. His compositions include three operas, the most recent of which - The Exterminating Angel - premiered at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, Powder Her Face (Cheltenham Festival and the Almeida Theatre, London, 1995), and The Tempest (Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 2004). His orchestral works include Asyla (CBSO, 1997), Tevot (Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, 2007), Polaris (New World Symphony, Miami 2011), Violin Concerto Concentric Paths (Berliner Festspiele and the BBC Proms, 2005), In Seven Days (Piano concerto with moving image - LA Philharmonic and RFH London 2008), and Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra (BBC Proms, 2013).
Thomas Adès was recently appointed Artistic Partner by the Boston Symphony Orchestra through 2019. His future plans include Totentanz with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the RTE National Symphony Orchestras; a European tour of a Beethoven/Barry programme with the Britten Sinfonia; Barry’s new opera Alice under ground in Los Angeles (world premiere) and in London (European premiere); as well as performances of Adès’ latest opera The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House (a co-production with the Salzburg Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, and The Royal Danish Opera).
His recent piano engagements include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), New York and the Barbican in London, and concerto appearances with the New York Philharmonic. In recital, he has appeared throughout Europe with Ian Bostridge in a tour of Schubert’s Winterreise. They will tour to the United States this season to Boston, New York, Durham and Hanover NH.
His many awards include the Grawemeyer Award for Asyla (1999); Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition awards for Asyla, The Tempest and Tevot; and Ernst von Siemens Composers' prize for Arcadiana; British Composer Award for The Four Quarters. His CD recording of The Tempest from the Royal Opera House (EMI) won the Contemporary category of the 2010 Gramophone Awards; and his DVD of the production from the Metropolitan Opera was awarded the Diapason d'Or de l'année (2013), Best Opera recording (2014 Grammy Awards) and Music DVD Recording of the Year (2014 ECHO Klassik Awards). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize. He coaches Piano and Chamber Music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.
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