He is a pianist, conductor and composer born in London, England who studied the piano and composition at the Guildhall School, London and later at King’s College, Cambridge.
His first opus was published in 1990 and he gave his first piano recital was given in the Purcell Room, London when he was 22. That same year he was also a runner-up in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition.
He taught at the Royal Academy of Music as Britten Professor of Music and the University of Essex awarded him an honorary doctorate.
He conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the premiere of his work, Asyla, and his other compositions include orchestral works such as the violin concerto, Concentric Paths, the string quartet Arcadiana and Piano Quintet, and the operas TheTempest and Powder Her Face, which was made into a film by Channel 4. Among the many the many awards he has received there are the Paris Rostrum, the Royal Philharmonic Society prize, the Salzburg Easter Festival Prize, the Mercury Music Prize and he is only the third British composer in history to win the Grawemeyer Prize in 2000.
He has held the positions of Musical Director of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.
In the field of musical education he taught at the Royal Academy of Music as Britten Professor of Music and the University of Essex awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Arditti Quartet Recordings
Quintet for Piano and Strings
EMI 57664 (CD: Ades: Piano Quintet/Schubert: “Trout” Quintet)
Piano – Thomas Ades
Andreas Haefliger Recordings
Avie AV 0041 (CD: Perspectives I)
Piano – Andreas Haefliger
Here is his “Life Story”….