Composer, conductor, and creative thinker - John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of music. His works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Works spanning more than three decades are among the most performed of all contemporary classical music. His new opera about the California Gold Rush, Girls of the Golden West, will premiere in November of 2017 in San Francisco.
Adams also conducts the world’s major orchestras, and highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker and BBC Symphony, as well as the orchestras in Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Baltimore, Madrid and Barcelona.
In 2017 Adams celebrated his seventieth birthday with festivals of his music in Europe and the US, including special retrospectives at London’s Barbican, Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in Amsterdam, New York, Geneva, Stockholm, Los Angeles (where he holds the position of Creative Chair) and San Francisco.