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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND ANDRIS NELSONS ANNOUNCE NEW MULTI-DIMENSIONAL COLLABORATION WITH THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ENGLISH COMPOSER/PIANIST/CONDUCTOR THOMAS ADÈS
THOMAS ADÈS APPOINTED BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ARTISTIC PARTNER FOR THREE YEARS BEGINNING IN 2016-17 BSO SEASON AT SYMPHONY HALL; THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS PART OF THE 2016-17 BSO SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT, WITH COMPLETE DETAILS ABOUT THE SEASON AVAILABLE HERE
AS BSO ARTISTIC PARTNER AT SYMPHONY HALL AND TANGLEWOOD FROM FALL 2016 THROUGH SUMMER 2019, THOMAS ADÈS TO APPEAR AS CONDUCTOR AND PERFORMER WITH BSO AND BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS; DIRECT FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC IN 2018 AND 2019; AND TEACH FELLOWS OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER AS PART OF
FUTURE PROJECTS INCLUDE THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WORLD PREMIERE OF MR. ADÈS’S BSO-COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO WITH SOLOIST KIRILL GERSTEIN IN 2018-19 BSO SEASON
MR. ADÈS BEGINS HIS NEW ROLE AS BSO ARTISTIC PARTNER DURING 2016-17 BSO SEASON, LEADING THE ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS IN HIS OWN CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED TOTENTANZ, FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO, BARITONE, AND ORCHESTRA FEATURING VOCALISTS CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN AND MARK STONE; BRITTEN’S SINFONIA DA REQUIEM; AND SIBELIUS’S TAPIOLA (11/3-5); MR. ADÈS TO COLLABORATE WITH TENOR IAN BOSTRIDGE IN SCHUBERT’S WINTERREISE AT JORDAN HALL IN JOINT PRESENTATION BY BSO AND CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON (10/28); MR. ADÈS JOINS BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS AS PIANIST FOR PROGRAM OF MUSIC BY BRITTEN AND SCHUBERT, AS WELL AS ONE OF HIS OWN CHAMBER MUSIC WORKS (10/30)
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The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have announced the appointment of English composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès as the orchestra’s first-ever Artistic Partner for a three-year period starting in the fall of 2016. As BSO Artistic Partner, Mr. Adès’s rich commitment to the BSO will span a wide range of activities reflecting his many gifts as one of the greatest musical minds of the 21st century; he will become an integral figure at the BSO—both in Symphony Hall and Tanglewood—as composer, conductor, performer, and teacher. This news is being released in conjunction with the 2016-17 BSO season announcement, with complete details available here.
One of the most respected and sought-after composers and performers in the field of classical music, Mr. Adès will assume his new position as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Deborah and Philip Edmundson Artistic Partner beginning with the BSO’s 2016-17 season, leading his monumental and critically acclaimed Totentanz, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra with soloists Christianne Stotijn and Mark Stone, on a program with Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Sibelius’s Tapiola (11/3-5). In what is sure to be a highlight of the recital offerings in Boston in 2016-17, Mr. Adès will join frequent collaborator, English tenor Ian Bostridge, for a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise, as part of a joint presentation by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Celebrity Series of Boston, to take place at Jordan Hall on Friday, October 28. On Sunday, October 30, Mr. Adès will also be featured as pianist with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in a program of Britten’s Sinfonietta, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and a work by Mr. Adès.
In the 2018-19 season, the BSO will present the highly anticipated world premiere of Mr. Adès’s BSO-commissioned Piano Concerto, with Kirill Gerstein as soloist.
In addition to his work with the BSO at Symphony Hall, Mr. Adès will also play a prominent role at Tanglewood, where he will be the Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music in 2018 and 2019. His role at Tanglewood will also include working closely with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center—the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy—in the roles of teacher, performer, and conductor. Further details on Mr. Adès’s activities at Tanglewood will be available as part of the 2017 Tanglewood season announcement in November 2016.
QUOTE FROM ANDRIS NELSONS, Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director
“Universally regarded as one of the most creative souls in the world of classical music today, Thomas Adès and his accomplishments are extraordinary. As the BSO’s Artistic Partner, Thomas will be involved with the orchestra on every level of his outstanding talents as a composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher. There is no doubt that he will inspire all of us at the BSO to ever greater achievements, which we hope will become special gifts for all of those who so love listening to the musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We truly look forward to welcoming Thomas as a treasured member of the BSO family.”
QUOTE FROM THOMAS ADÈS, Deborah and Philip Edmundson BSO Artistic Partner
QUOTE FROM MARK VOLPE, Eunice and Julian Cohen BSO Managing Director
“From the first moment Thomas Adès worked directly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2011, there was a palpable chemistry that resulted in incredibly memorable music-making. Almost immediately thereafter we started imagining the possibilities and how we might bring the brilliant Thomas Adès more closely into the musical orbit of the BSO. Following many discussions and a great deal of reflection by both parties over the last couple of years, we are thrilled to announce that Mr. Adès has agreed to become the first-ever BSO Artistic Partner and a prominent member of the BSO family. The absolutely unique creative synergies between Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra promise to bring extraordinary performances of great breadth and insight. This landmark collaboration with Thomas Adès will certainly be a major event for us here at the BSO and in the classical music world at large.”
This announcement about Thomas Adès’s appointment as BSO Artistic Partner is being made in conjunction with the 2016-17 BSO season announcement. To view the press release about the season announcement, click here.
THOMAS ADÈS BIO
His chamber works include the string quartets Arcadiana (1993) and The Four Quarters (2011), Piano Quintet (2001), and Lieux retrouvés for cello and piano (2010). Solo piano works include Darknesse Visible (1992), Traced Overhead (1996), and Three Mazurkas (2010). Choral works include The Fayrfax Carol (King’s College, Cambridge 1997), America: a Prophecy (New York Philharmonic, 1999), and January Writ (Temple Church, London 2000). In 2016 his new opera The Exterminating Angel will receive its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival.
From 1999 to 2008 Thomas was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. As a conductor Thomas appears regularly with, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In opera, he has conducted Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Opera House, London, and Zürich Opera and The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2015 with the Vienna Philharmonic, conducting The Tempest. Future plans include Totentanz with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Concertgebouworkest, Amsterdam.
His recent piano engagements include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) in New York and the Barbican in London, and concerto appearances with the New York Philharmonic. Last season he appeared throughout Europe with Ian Bostridge in a tour of Schubert’s Winterreise in Vienna, Luxembourg, London, Hamburg, Budapest, Bilbao, and Warsaw.
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 his DVD of the production from the Metropolitan Opera was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année (2013), Best Opera recording (2014 Grammy Awards), and Music DVD Recording of the Year (2014 ECHO Klassik Awards). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize. He coaches Piano and Chamber Music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. Further details about Thomas Adès are available at http://thomasades.com/
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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT SYMPHONY HALL
SPECIAL RECITAL PERFORMANCE PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
FIRST BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT OF THE 2016-17 SEASON
BSO PERFORMANCE HISTORY OF THOMAS ADÈS WORKS/COLLABROATIONS WITH MR. ADÈS
March 25, 26, 27, & 30, 1999
November 21, 22, & 23, 2002
March 25 & 26, 2011
November 15, 16, & 17, 2012
October 10, 11, & 12, 2013
April 23, 24, 25, & 28, 2015
THOMAS ADÈS/BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS PERFORMANCES
April 22, 2012
October 13, 2013