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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  • 1.
    Ades: The Tempest / Keenlyside, Ades, Met Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001902809 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Alek Shrader,  Audrey Luna,  Isabel Leonard,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Ades: In Seven Days; Nancarrow: Studies 6 & 7 / Hodges, London Sinfonietta [CD+DVD]
    Label: Signum U.k.   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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    Ades - Anthology
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88560 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Thomas Adès,  Anthony Marwood,  Susan Bickley
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès,  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet,  Arditti String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Ades: Powder Her Face / Ades, Gomez, Almeida Ensemble
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27170 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Jill Gomez,  Valdine Anderson,  Niall Morris,  Roger Bryson
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Almeida Ensemble
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    Thomas Ades: America - A Prophecy
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27201 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès,  Christopher Foreman / Cat,  François Couperin
    Performer:  Susan Bickley,  Tom Poster,  Hugh Webb,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers Ensemble
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    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebène
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    Ades: Tevot, Violin Concerto, Couperin Dances
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57813 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Anthony Marwood
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès,  Simon Rattle,  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
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    Ades: The Tempest / Keenlyside, Royal
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95234 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Simon Keenlyside,  Toby Spence,  Kate Royal  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Adès: Powder Her Face / Buck, Norman, Broadbent
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 10002 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Heather Buck,  Daniel Norman,  Graeme Broadbent
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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    Adès: America: A Prophecy
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57610 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès,  François Couperin,  Christopher Foreman
    Performer:  Tom Poster,  Richard Benjafield,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Hugh Webb  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton,  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Composers Ensemble  ... 
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    Adès: Asyla, These Premises Are Alarmed, Etc / Rattle, Etc
    Label: Emi 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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    Ades: Powder Her Face / Ades, Gomez, Almeida Ensemble
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 56649 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Jill Gomez,  Valdine Anderson,  Niall Morris,  Roger Bryson
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Almeida Ensemble
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