Recital by Thomas Adès

Wednesday 5 December 2018 - Auditorium

8.30 p.m.
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gaël Cornier
Recital by Thomas Adès

© 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. His compositions include three operas, the most recent of which - The Exterminating Angel - premiered at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, Powder Her Face  (Cheltenham Festival and the Almeida Theatre, London, 1995), and The Tempest  (Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 2004). 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), and Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra (BBC Proms, 2013).

His chamber works include the string quartets Arcadiana (1993) and The Four Quarters (2011), Piano Quintet (2001), and Lieux retrouvés for cello and piano (2010). Solo piano works include Darknesse Visible (1992), Traced Overhead (1996), and Three Mazurkas (2010). Choral works include The Fayrfax Carol (King's College, Cambridge 1997), America: a Prophecy (New York Philharmonic, 1999) and January Writ (Temple Church, London 2000).


Thomas Adès was recently appointed Artistic Partner by the Boston Symphony Orchestra through 2019; he will conduct the orchestra in Boston and  at Tanglewood, perform chamber music with the orchestra players, and lead the summer Festival of Contemporary Music. From 1999 to 2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

As a conductor, Thomas appears regularly with, among others, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  In opera, he has conducted The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Opera House, London and the Zürich Opera and the Metropolitan Opera New York conducting The Tempest, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera 2015 with the Vienna Philharmonic conducting The Tempest. Last season he performed Totentanz with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the RTE National Symphony Orchestras; Barry’s new opera Alice under ground in Los Angeles (world premiere) and in London (European premiere); as well as performances of Adès’ most recent opera The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House (a co-production with the Salzburg Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, and The Royal Danish Opera).  This season engagements include The Exterminating Angel at The Metropolitan Opera in New York; concerts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.


His recent piano engagements include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), New York and the Wigmore Hall in London, and concerto appearances with the New York Philharmonic. In recital, he has appeared throughout Europe and the United States with Ian Bostridge in a tour of Schubert’s Winterreise.


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 won the World Premiere of the Year at the International Opera Awards (2017).  In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize.  He coaches Piano and Chamber Music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.

The essential

Wednesday 5 December 2018
8.30 p.m. - Auditorium


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