As composer, conductor and pianist, Thomas Adès has collaborated with great artists, orchestras and opera companies internationally. During the 2006/2007 season, he will conduct a revival of his opera The Tempest at the Royal Opera, play piano recitals in Los Angeles and San Francisco, conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic and preside over a festival of his music at the Barbican Centre in London. Adès continues as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival as well.
The Los Angeles Times recently described Adès’ coming of age as an influential figure in contemporary classical music: “In England, Adès is not just known — he’s a major force in the country’s musical life. He is an emotive conductor with much to say.” In addition to being an esteemed interpreter of his own original music, Adès’ performances and recordings of composers including Kurtág, Janácek, Nancarrow, Schumann, Schubert, Ruders, Tchaikovsky and Gerald Barry have been critically acclaimed.
Born in London, Adès studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and music at King’s College, Cambridge. From 1993 to 1995 he served as Composer in Association with the Hallé Orchestra, a collaboration that resulted in The Origin of the Harp (1994), and These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. His next piece, Asyla (1997), was a commission for Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Rattle subsequently programmed Asyla in his opening concert as Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic in September 2002 – an occasion that was recorded on DVD and broadcast on international television and radio.
Adès’ first opera, Powder Her Face, has been performed around the world, and The Tempest was commissioned by the Royal Opera House and premiered there under the baton of the composer to great critical acclaim. His innovative and highly unique works have attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the 1997 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Asyla; the 2000 Grawemeyer Award for Asyla (the largest international prize for composition, here awarded to the youngest recipient); and the 2005 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for The Tempest. Adès records exclusively as composer, pianist and conductor with EMI Classics.
Thomas Adès music has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the Paris Rostrum for the best piece by a composer under 30 (1994); the 1997 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Asyla; the Elise L Stoeger Prize for Arcadiana (New York, 1998); the Salzburg Easter Festival Prize (1999); the Munich Ernst von Siemens Prize for Young Composers (1999); the 2000 Grawemeyer Award for Asyla (the largest international prize for composition, here awarded to the youngest recipient); and the Hindemith Prize (2001). The Asyla EMI CD won a coveted Mercury Music Prize and was the only classical album to be shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize Record of the Year.