Thomas Adès


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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  • 1.
    The Complete RCA Recordings / Isserlis
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88985312572 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Woldemar Bargiel  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Matthew Wilkie,  Marieke Blankestijn,  Douglas Boyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Lieux Retrouves / Steven Isserlis, Thomas Ades
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67948 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Leos Janácek,  Gabriel Fauré,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Thomas Adès
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    Ades: In Seven Days; Nancarrow: Studies 6 & 7 / Hodges, London Sinfonietta [CD+DVD]
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 277 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adès,  Conlon Nancarrow
    Performer:  Nicolas Hodges,  Thomas Adès,  Rolf Hind
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Stravinsky: Music For Violin & Piano / Marwood, Ades
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67723 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anthony Marwood,  Thomas Adès
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    20th Century Classics - Janacek
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 37606 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Malcolm King,  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 6.
    Piano / Thomas Ades
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 57051 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Castiglioni,  Edvard Grieg,  Alexey Vladimirovich Stan,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Adès
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    Ruders: Fairytale, De Profundis, Etc / Solyom, Adès, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9143 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Poul Ruders
    Performer:  Thomas Adès,  David Colson
    Conductor:  Stefan Solyom,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orkester Norden,  Quattro Mani,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Cello For Relaxation / Isserlis, Harnoy, Starker, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63798 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Robert Schumann,  Frederick Delius,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Christoph Eschenbach,  János Starker,  Ofra Harnoy  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Paul Robinson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Toronto Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Ades: Asyla / Rattle, City Of Birmingham
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56818 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Thomas Adès
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Debut - Ades: Living Toys, Etc / Ades, Clark, Cleobury
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72271 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Robert Quinney,  Thomas Adès,  Andrew [French Horn] Clark,  Michael Niesemann
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Endellion String Quartet,  London Sinfonietta
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