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John Adams

Creative Chair

About this Artist

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker – JOHN ADAMS occupies a unique position in the world of music. His works stand out among contemporary classical composi- tions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes.

Nonesuch Records has recorded all of Adams’ music over the past three decades. The most recent release is Scheherazade.2, Adams’ latest work, a dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra written for Leila Josefowicz.

As conductor, Adams leads the world’s major orchestras in repertoire that ranges from Beethoven and Mozart to Stravinsky, Ives, Carter, Zappa, Glass, and Ellington.

In 2017 Adams celebrates his 70th birthday, with festivals of his music in Europe and the U.S., including special retrospectives at London’s Barbican, at Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in Amsterdam, New York, Geneva, Stockholm, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Adams has received honorary doctorates from Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Cambridge, and the Juilliard School. A provocative writer, he is author of the highly acclaimed autobiography Hallelujah Junction and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review.

Adams is the John and Samantha Williams Creative Chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.