#FLVfromhome : Thomas Adès et Kirill Gerstein

Music From 01.05.2020 to 02.05.2020

This week, the Fondation invites you to look back on the Recital for two pianos of Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein. 

Born in London in 1971, the British composer Thomas Adès has notably composed two operas and is the author of many orchestral works. From 1999 to 2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Thomas Adès was Artistic Partner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra until 2019.

Kirill Gerstein’s playing is distinguished by a discerning intelligence, great virtuosity and a clarity of expression. 

Concert in co-production with medici.tv

The programme

Claude Debussy
En Blanc et Noir
Igor Stravinski
Symphony of Psalms (transcription for two pianos by Dimitri Shostakovitch)
Witold Lutoslawski
Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Claude Debussy
Thomas Adès
Concert paraphrase on Powder Her face for two pianos (European première)
Maurice Ravel
Waltz for Two Pianos

The artists

Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. Renowned as both composer and performer, he works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies and festivals. His compositions include three operas: the most recent of which The Exterminating Angel premiered at the 2016 Salzburg Festival and subsequently has been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the Royal Opera House, London all conducted by the composer; The Tempest (Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera); and Powder Her Face.

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), Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra (BBC Proms, 2013), and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 2019). His compositions also include numerous celebrated chamber and solo works.

Thomas Adès has been an Artistic Partner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and conducts the orchestra in Boston and at Tanglewood, performs chamber music with the orchestra players, and leads the summer Festival of Contemporary Music. He also regularly coaches Piano and Chamber Music at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.

As a conductor, Thomas appears regularly with the Los Angeles, San Francisco and London Philharmonic orchestras, the Boston, London, BBC, Finnish Radio and City of Birmingham, Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia. In opera, in addition to

The Exterminating Angel, he has conducted The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Opera House and the Zürich Opera,

The Tempest iat the Metropolitan Opera and Vienna State Opera, and Gerald Barry’s latest opera Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in Los Angeles (world premiere) and in London (European premiere). In the 2020-21 season Thomas is a featured composer at the Elbphilharmonie and will conduct the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Deustche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in Europe. To celebrate his fiftieth birthday in 2021, he returns to conduct the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican Centre in a concert of his own music, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Janacek.

His piano engagements have included solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), New York and the Wigmore Hall in London, and concerto appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recent piano releases include an album solo piano music by Janáček and a live album of Winterreises with Ian Bostridge.

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; 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); and

The Exterminating Angel cwon the World Premiere of the Year at the International Opera Awards (2017). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize and in January 2021 he judged the Toru Takemitsu composition award. 

Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein’s playing is distinguished by a discerning intelligence, great virtuosity and a clarity of expression. He has been described as “Gloriously free and unfazed by technical difficulties, he made the piano sing… The concerto that we’ve heard so many times before gained new life.” His curiosity and versatility has led him to explore a variety of repertoire and styles, from Bach to Adès.

In the 2016/17 season Gerstein will perform with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Dresden Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France.


Gerstein records for Myrios Classics Gerstein, his most recent release being Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes. His previous recording, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 (urtext 1879 edition) and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 with the DSO Berlin and James Gaffigan, was awarded the ECHO Klassik Prize for Concerto Recording of the Year. “This is the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.” (Observer). It is the first recording of Tchaikovsky’s 1879 version and uses the new, scholarly edition from the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin, Russia.

Chaque semaine, la Fondation vous propose de redécouvrir une exposition, un concert et une masterclasse qu'elle a proposés depuis son ouverture en 2014. 


  • Wednesday

    • 6 p.m.

      A visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators

  • Friday

    • 8.30 p.m.

      A concert held at the Auditorium

  • Sunday

    • 5.30 p.m.

      A concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon