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    John Adams

     b. 1947Photo credit: Margaretta Mitchell


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    John Adams has harnessed the rhythmic energy of Minimalism to the harmonies and orchestral colours of late-Romanticism * Brought contemporary history to the opera house with his post-modern operatic works Nixon in China (1987), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), and Doctor Atomic (2005) * Has addressed urgent social issues with passion and empathy, both in his operas and in such works as I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, El Dorado and The Wound-Dresser * His works are much favored by choreographers, with multiple ballet versions of Fearful Symmetries * Winner of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award for Violin Concerto * Series of recordings on the Nonesuch label * A recent survey shows him to be the most frequently performed living American composer of orchestral music.

    Works by John Adams include:
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986) for orchestra
    Violin Concerto (1993)
    Son of Chamber Symphony (2007) for chamber ensemble
    El Niño (1999–2000) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, three counter-tenors, chorus, optional children's chorus and orchestra.
    The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2011) for orchestra, chorus and soloists

    John Adams is represented as a conductor in North America by Ed Yim in association with IMG Artists and in Europe by Jane Brown of Harrison Parrott.

    Also visit the John Adams website at

    Looking ahead: This October, the Metropolitan Opera mounts John Adams’s critically acclaimed opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. In November and December, the English National Opera gives the world stage premiere of Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, directed by frequent collaborator Peter Sellars. In January, the St. Lawrence String Quartet gives the world premiere of a new Adams quartet at Stanford Live. In March, the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Alan Gilbert, gives the world premiere of Scheherazade.2 for violin and orchestra, written for renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz.

    "Whenever serious art loses track of its roots in the vernacular, then it begins to atrophy." — John Adams

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