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Thomas Adès


About this Artist

British composer THOMAS ADÈS is one of the foremost musicians of his generation. His opera The Tempest ​has been produced at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, and many other theaters worldwide. His newest opera, ​The Exterminating Angel​, debuted at the Salzburg Festival in 2016 with subsequent productions at Covent Garden and the Met. Commissions for large-scale orchestral works such as ​In Seven Days, Polaris, Tevot, ​and​ Totentanz ​have come from the Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Barbican Centre, and other major presenting institutions. In March 2019, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new ​Piano Concerto​ both in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; its European debut will follow shortly thereafter in Leipzig. In summer 2019, Thomas Adès will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the premiere of a new full-length ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor, in a creative partnership between the LA Phil, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, The Royal Ballet, and Company Wayne McGregor. Adès has also composed numerous prize-winning works for chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, which are performed regularly worldwide. 

Thomas Adès maintains international careers as both conductor and pianist. He has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Vienna ​Philharmonic. He conducted the premiere of ​The Exterminating Angel​ at Salzburg, Covent Garden, and the Met (following earlier successes leading ​The Tempest​ at the latter two companies). D​uring 2017/18, he leads concerts with the London and Czech Philharmonics and the City of Birmingham and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestras. He currently serves as the first-ever Artistic Partner to the Boston Symphony Orchestra; in addition to conducting, he appears with the BSO Chamber Players, curates contemporary music programs, and teaches both in Boston and at Tanglewood. He frequently performs and records as pianist in solo recital or with colleagues such as tenor Ian Bostridge, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Kirill Gerstein. 

His many awards include the Grawemeyer Award for ​Asyla​ (1999); Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition awards for ​Asyla​, ​The Tempest​, and ​Tevot​; the Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize for ​Arcadiana​; and the 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; and a DVD of the production he led at the Metropolitan Opera was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année (2013), a Grammy Award for Best Opera recording (2014), and an ECHO Klassik Award for Music DVD Recording of the Year (2014). In 2015, he was awarded Denmark’s prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize.