Thomas Adès – piano

Thomas Adès is a British composer, pianist and conductor whose diverse compositional oeuvre, ranging from solo pieces to operas, established him as one of the most-skilled classical music artists of his generation.

Trained as a pianist at the Guildhall School in London, Adès later attended King’s College, Cambridge. Initial recognition came for his virtuoso piano playing, but he started to write music in 1990 (Five Eliot Landscapes) and was instantly acclaimed as a major composer for his inventiveness and remarkably assured technique. Among his notable early compositions are Living Toys (1993), for chamber ensemble, and Arcadiana (1994), for string quartet. His controversial opera Powder Her Face (1995), about a 20th-century divorce scandal, attracted international attention, as did his large symphonic work Asyla (1997).

Adès’s works from the early 21st century included The Tempest (2003), an opera inspired by William Shakespeare’s play, and In Seven Days (2008), an orchestral piece accompanied by video images. As a pianist, he appeared on several recordings, including the solo release Piano (2000). His orchestral works from the 2010s comprised Polaris (2011); Totentanz (2013), inspired by a frieze painted by 15th-century German sculptor Bernt Notke; and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2019). Adès’s third opera, The Exterminating Angel, based on Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film of the same name, premiered at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, Austria. During the decade he also gave solo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall (2010), New York, and Wigmore Hall (2018), London.

Thomas Adès – 3 Mazurkas

Schubert  – 4 Ländler,

Janáček – Sonata 1. X. 1905

Janáček – In the Mist

Janáček – Along an Overgrown Path

and music by Stanchinsky, William Marsey, Stravinsky and Conlon Nancarrow

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Date

May 24 2024

Time

Doors open at 7:00PM
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost

15.00
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