Recital by Thomas Adès

Music 5 December 2018 – 8:30pm

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gaël Cornier


That Thomas Adès seizes the work of Janáček is obvious: as a composer, Adès has developed a language emancipated from dogmas and schools, like his Czech elder, author of an unclassifiable work, whose modernity has no European equivalent. As a pianist Thomas Adès, whose work is traversed by references to the past, pays homage to Janáček, allowing the discovery of a musician still too little known.

the artist

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. 

Le programme

Leoš Janáček
Intégrale des œuvres pour piano
Po zarostlém chodníčku
Sur un sentier recouvert - Vol 1
Na památku
In memoriam
Po zarostlém chodníčku
Sur un sentier recouvert - Vol 2
Narodil se Kristus Pán
Christ, le Seigneur, est ressuscité
Malostranský palác (Andante)
Malá Strana Palace (Andante)
V Zpominka – Réminiscence
V Mlhach
Dans les brouillards