Thomas Adès

Biography

Born: March 1, 1971; London, England  
Thomas Adès is among the brightest young stars in contemporary composition, and a musician of broad achievement and influence. His complex and appealing music exhibits a flair for drama, humor, and personal expression, and is notable for the creative use of instrumental color. Also active as a pianist and conductor, Adès divides his time between composition and a busy performing schedule, as well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and Read more serving as artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Having studied at the Guildhall School of Music, Adès took second prize in piano at the 1989 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Further studies at King's College, Cambridge, confirmed a move towards composition as his primary vocation, and his first works were written there. After his graduation in 1992, Adès moved quickly into the professional world with a performance of his Chamber Symphony by the BBC Philharmonic (in 1993 under Matthias Bamert). Further performances came during his tenure as Composer in Association with the Halle Orchestra, for which he wrote The Origin of the Harp (1994), and These Premises are Alarmed (1996). Other works composed during this period include Still Sorrowing, Op. 7, and Traced Overhead, Op. 15, for solo piano; ...but all shall be well, Op. 10, for orchestra; Arcadania, Op. 12, for string quartet; and Living Toys, Op. 9, for chamber ensemble, which was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta under Oliver Knussen.

Adès' reputation was secured by his chamber opera, Powder Her Face, Op. 14, a commission from Almeida Opera for the 1995 Cheltenham Festival. Its premiere, as well as productions in Germany and the United States attracted enormous critical attention and praise, and led to a commission for the 2004 season at Covent Garden (The Tempest, an adaptation of Shakespeare). His first large-scale orchestral work, Asyla -- which was premiered by Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1997 -- established Adès' reputation as a composer of lasting value and individuality. Read less

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Born: March 1, 1971; London, England  
Thomas Adès is among the brightest young stars in contemporary composition, and a musician of broad achievement and influence. His complex and appealing music exhibits a flair for drama, humor, and personal expression, and is notable for the creative use of instrumental color. Also active as a pianist and conductor, Adès divides his time between composition and a busy performing schedule, as well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Piano Quintet: 1
Piano Quintet: 2
Piano Quintet: 3
Sonatina ad usum infantis (Sonatina 3) (1916): Molto tranquillo
Sonatina ad usum infantis (Sonatina 3) (1916): Andantino melancolico
Sonatina ad usum infantis (Sonatina 3) (1916): Vivace (alla Marcia)
Sonatina ad usum infantis (Sonatina 3) (1916): Molto tranquillo
Three Canons for Ursula: Canon 5/7
Three Canons for Ursula: Canon 6/4/10/15
Three Canons for Ursula: Canon 2/3
Come io passo l'estate: I. Arrivo a Tires
Come io passo l'estate: II. La Fossa del Lupo
Come io passo l'estate: III. Andiamo al rifugia Bergamo
Come io passo l'estate: IV. La Valle del Ciamin
Come io passo l'estate: V. Il buco dell'Orso
Come io passo l'estate: VI. La Fontanella di Ganna
Come io passo l'estate: VII. Ghiaccio sul Rosengarten
Come io passo l'estate: VIII. Antonio Ballista dorme in Casa dei Carabinieri
Come io passo l'estate: IX. Fantasma del Castello di Presule
Come io passo l'estate: X. Canzone per il mio compleanno
Sonatina No. 3 'ad usum infantis': I. Molto tranquillo
Sonatina No. 3 'ad usum infantis': II. Andantino melancolico
Sonatina No. 3 'ad usum infantis': III. Vivace (alla Marcia)
Sonatina No. 3 'ad usum infantis': IV. Molto tranquillo
Sonatina No. 3 'ad usum infantis': V. Polonaise (un poco ceremonioso)
Three Canons for Ursula: Canon 5/7
Three Canons for Ursula: Canon 6/4/10/15
Three Canons for Ursula: Canon 2/3
Piano Quintet: 1
Piano Quintet: 2
Piano Quintet: 3
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): I Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): II Andante
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): III Scherzo
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): IV Thema andantino
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): Variation I
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): Variation II
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): Variation III
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): Variation IV
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): Variation V
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): Allegretto
Piano Quintet in A major D667 (Trout): V Allegro giusto
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 1. Ty hodiny vívanské
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 2. Ked' si já zazpívám
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 3. Ach, ty Jurko, Jurenko
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 4. Marys, moja Marys
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 5. Uz sa mne muj milý pryc ubirá
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 6. Plelo dívca, plelo len
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 7. Sluboval's mi
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 8. Cí to pachole v noci chodí
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 9. Cí je to devce na tom vrsku
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 10. Dyz ja budu lezat v cerném lesi
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 11. Bezi voda, bezi
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 12. Hradcanské honiny z temna bijou
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 13. Na cernej hore sedlácek ore
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 14. Na Javorine
15 Moravian Folk Songs (Piano): 15. V tem hruseckém cirém poli
Concerto Conciso (for Piano and Chamber Ensemble): I
Concerto Conciso (for Piano and Chamber Ensemble): II -
Concerto Conciso (for Piano and Chamber Ensemble): [dotted crotchet = 116]
Under Hamelin Hill Op. 6: Preambulum (2 hands)
Under Hamelin Hill Op. 6: Fuga (2-6 hands)
Under Hamelin Hill Op. 6: Arietta (2 hands)
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: I. New Hampshire
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: II. Virginia
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: III. Usk
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: IV. Rannoch, by Glencoe
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: V. Cape Ann
Traced overhead Op. 15 (1990): Sursum
Traced overhead Op. 15 (1990): Aetheria
Traced overhead Op. 15 (1990): Chori


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