John Adams capitalizes on the rhythmic vitality of Minimalism for late-Romantic orchestral harmonies and colors * He brought contemporary history to opera with his post-modern theatrical works Nixon in China (1987), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), and Doctor Atomic (2005) * He has tackled 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 preferred by choreographers, with multiple ballet versions of Fearful Symmetries * Winner of the Grawemeyer Award in 1995 by Violin Concerto * Series of recordings with the Nonesuch label * A recent survey places him as 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 orchestra
El Niño (1999-2000) for soprano, mezzo soprano, baritone, three tenors, choir, optional children's choir and orchestra.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2011) for orchestra, choir and soloists
John Adams is represented as a conductor by Jane Brown of Harrison Parrott.
Visit the John Adams website at www.earbox.com.
John Adams's new piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes is premiered by Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 7, led by conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The orchestra tours the new concerto to Asia and performs it at the Hollywood Bowl in July.
Adams's latest opera Girls of the Golden West has its first European staging on February 28 with the Dutch National Opera.
"Whenever serious art loses track of its roots in the vernacular, then it begins to atrophy." — John Adams