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Aleix Palau | 2 November 2021

Thomas Adès conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s ‎Winterreise with Ian Bostridge at L'Auditori

Composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès will be spending a week at L’Auditori, ‎directing a programme with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and conducting a ‎performance of Schubert’s Winterreise, accompanied by tenor Ian Bostridge. With these two ‎commitments, Adès will be completing the work he began last year.‎

Thomas Adès conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s ‎Winterreise with Ian Bostridge at L'Auditori

Thomas Adès is one of today’s leading composers. His eclectic, prolific and heterodox music ‎represents a journey through sound, using transposed structures, polarities that attract and ‎repel each other, points of view that are both nearby and distant. ‎

On 5 and 6 November, he will conduct the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra ‎performing some of his works, including the national premiere of ‎‎Märchentänze, a concerto for violin and orchestra, ‎commissioned jointly by L’Auditori, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish ‎National Symphony Orchestra and the Göteborgs Symfoniker, with Finnish violinist ‎Pekka Kuusisto as soloist. He will also conduct an orchestral suite based on ‎his chamber opera Powder Her Face, whose plot is based on the ‎scandalous divorce of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll. The programme will round off ‎with the first of the Mephisto Waltzes by Franz Liszt, ‎‎Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke (The Dance in the Village Inn) and the ‎‎ballet suite Les biches by Francis Poulenc.‎

On 9 November, Adès will be taking part in L’Auditori’s Chamber ‎Music Season accompanied by tenor Ian Bostridge. They will be ‎performing Franz Schubert’s masterpiece, ‎‎Winterreise (Winter Journey). This is his most complex, ‎enigmatic and sombre cycle of lieder. Written at the end of his short, intense ‎life, it consists of 24 songs based on poems by Wilhelm Müller, which go far beyond a lament ‎for lost love and transport us to a much deeper and more transcendent dimension. Ian ‎Bostridge is one of today’s best known performers and with him we can discover one of ‎Thomas Adès’s lesser known facets, that of pianist.‎


About Thomas Adès
He was born in London in 1971. He is a prestigious composer and musician, often working ‎with world famous orchestras and opera companies and appearing at leading festivals.‎

His works for orchestra include Asyla (1977), Tevot (2007), ‎‎Polaris (2011), his violin concerto Concentric Paths (2005), a piano ‎concerto with video installation In Seven Days (2008), Totentanz for ‎mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra (2013) and his concerto for piano and orchestra ‎‎(2019), first performed by leading orchestras and at some of the world’s most important ‎festivals. His has also written many pieces of chamber music and compositions for solo ‎performers.‎

Adès has been an artistic partner with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and ‎conducts performances in Boston and Tanglewood. He performs chamber music with the ‎orchestra’s musicians and directs the Contemporary Music Festival held in summer. He also ‎teaches piano and chamber music at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.‎

He regularly conducts the Los Angeles, San Francisco and London Philharmonic Orchestras, ‎the Boston, London, BBC, Finnish Radio and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the ‎Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestra di ‎Santa Cecilia. Adès has conducted the Radio France and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the ‎NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In the ‎‎2021-2022 season he conducted the world premiere of his ballet The Dante ‎Project at the Royal Opera House in London, with choreography by Wayne McGregor.‎

He has received numerous accolades, including the Grawemeyer Award for ‎‎Asyla (1999); the Royal Philharmonic Society Large-Scale Composition Award for ‎‎Asyla, The Tempest and Tevot; the Ernst von Siemens ‎Music Prize for Arcadiana, and the British Composer Award for The Four ‎Quarters. In 2015 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize and in January 2021 he ‎was a member of the jury for the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award.‎

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