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Composer, conductor, and creative thinker – JOHN ADAMS occupies a unique position in the world of music. His works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Works spanning more than three decades are among the most-performed of all contemporary classical music, among them Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Violin Concerto, Chamber Symphony, Doctor Atomic Symphony, and Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
His stage works, all in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, include Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, Doctor Atomic, A Flowering Tree, and most recently his Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Deutsche Grammophon has released a recording of Other Mary conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and English National Opera presented the world stage premiere in November 2014.
In the current season, the Metropolitan Opera presented The Death of Klinghoffer, directed by Tom Morris – The Met’s third production of an Adams opera.
Adams’ latest work is Scheherazade.2, a dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra written for Leila Josefowicz. After its New York Philharmonic premiere in March 2015, Adams conducts performances of the work with the Cincinnati and Atlanta Symphony orchestras. Other recent symphonic works include City Noir and his Saxophone Concerto – both recorded for Nonesuch Records by David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra with soloist Tim McAllister – and Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra.
John Adams is an active conductor, appearing with the world’s major orchestras in programs that combine his own works with a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Ives, Carter, Zappa, Glass, and Ellington. In the 2014/15 season Adams appears with the Wiener Symphoniker for the first time, and he continues as Creative Chair with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has previously conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Pittsburgh, Houston, Toronto, and BBC Symphony orchestras, among others.
Born and raised in New England, Adams learned the clarinet from his father and played in marching bands and community orchestras during his formative years. He began composing at the age of ten. His first orchestral pieces were performed while he was still a teenager.
Adams has received honorary doctorates from Yale, Harvard, Northwestern University, Cambridge University and the Juilliard School. A provocative writer, he is author of a highly acclaimed autobiography Hallelujah Junction and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.
The official John Adams website is earbox.com.