He was born in London in 1971. He is a prestigious composer and performer who often works with world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and festivals.
Some of his works for orchestra are Aysla (1977), Tevot (2007), Polaris (2011), the violin concerto Concentric Paths (2005), the piano concerto with moving image In Seven Days (2008), Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra (2013) and the Concerto for piano and orchestra (2019), premiered by the most important orchestras and festivals in the world. His works also include many chamber and solo pieces.
Adès has been an artistic member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and conducts it in Boston and Tanglewood, performs chamber music with the orchestra’s musicians and conducts the Summer Music Festival. He also teaches piano and chamber music at the International Seminar of Musicians in Prussia Cove.
He often conducts the Los Angeles, San Francisco and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, London, BBC, Finnish Radio and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the St. John's Orchestra. Adès has conducted and will lead the philharmonic orchestras of Radio France, Vienna, Elba of the Radio of Northern Germany (NDR) and the German Chamber of Bremen. The 21-22 season he directed the world premiere of his ballet The Dante project at the Royal Opera House in London, choreographed by Wayne McGregor.
He has received many awards, such as the Grawemeyer Award for Aysla (1999); the prize for great compositions of the Royal Philharmonic Society for Aysla, The Tempest and Tevot; the Ernst von Siemens Prize for Arcadiana, and the Best British Composer Award for The Four Quarters , among many others. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize and in January 2021 he was a juror for the Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize.