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Adès, Thomas

Adès, Thomas ăd´ĭs [key], 1971–, British composer, conductor, and pianist, b. London studied Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and King's College, Cambridge. He made his debut (1993) as a pianist at London's Park Lane Group, and soon also became known as an accomplished and prolific composer, writing a wide variety of solo, orchestral, chamber, choral, and operatic works. He attracted attention with his first work, Five Eliot Landscapes (1990) for soprano and piano and since has been accclaimed as one of Britain's most talented young classical composers. Among his many works are Asyla (1997), Trevot (2007), and Polaris (2010), for orchestra Living Toys (1993), for chamber ensemble The Four Quartets (2010), for string quartet and Totentanz (2013), for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra. Adès is particularly known for his two operas: Powder Her Face (1995), a chamber opera that provoked controversy with its themes of sexual high jinks and divorce among the aristocracy, and The Tempest (2003), an expressive interpretation of Shakespeare's masterpiece.

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The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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