Biography

Ondřej ADAMEK

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Ondřej Adámek graduated in composition from the Academy of Music in Prague, earning the school’s prize for composition in 2006 from the Paris National Conservatory, where he also studied orchestration, electroacoustics, conducting and Indian music. Fascinated by other cultures, he embraced all the aesthetics he encountered. In his adolescence, he played the organ, tabla and flutes, then discovered Japanese Noh and Bunraku theatre and Buddhist Zen rituals. He learned Flamenco in Spain and developed specific techniques for playing them, built instruments, studied Hinduism in India, as well as Bali where he studied gamelan. His works reflect all these influences, branding them with a specific sonic colour which, combined with powerful rhythm and solid formal architecture, create music that is highly personal not devoid of dramaturgy. 

Since 2013, he has also been active as a conductor and, in 2018, conducted his operasAlles klapptat theMunich Biennale and Seven Stonesat the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He has conducted - among other ensembles - the Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Kammerensemble Neue Musik, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble ilinx. 

In 2014-2015, during a residency at Villa Medici in Rome, he composed his operaSeven Stones, whichpremieredin 2018 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and built his “Airmachine”. TheConcerto for violin and orchestrahe composed for Isabelle Faust premiered with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Peter Rundel in December 2017. Ondřej Adámek has received many commissions for orchestra, choir, ensembles, some electronic. They include prestigious ensembles and European contemporary music festivals, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy and Quatuor Diotima, as well as the German Donaueschingen and Witten Festivals. Adamek formed NESEVEN, an original vocal ensemble dedicated to new works. The NESEVEN ensemble went on tour starting with the 2018/2019 season in Europe.

 

> News

- Selected for funding of a CD/DVD by Deutscher Musikrat.

- Audio releases: Polednice for choir and ensemble, Nôise for instrumental ensemble, Dusty Rusty Hush for orchestra, and Endless Steps for orchestra, for Wergo (WER 6419 2).

- Video of Karakuri for voice and ensemble, Kameny for choir and ensemble and Körper und Seele for airmachine, choir and orchestra, for Wergo (WER 6419 2).

 

> Latest premieres

17/02/19 Lost Prayer Bookfor sheng and instrumental ensemble

Ensemble Musikfabrik - Sheng: Wu Wei - Cond.: Ondřej Adámek WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz - Köln – Germany.

 

12/05/19 Man Time Stone Time, for 4 voices and grand orchestra

Text by Sjón - Neseven Vokalensemble and WDR Sinfonieorchester - Cond.: Michael Wendeberg Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Theatersaal - Witten – Germany.

 

 

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" Follow me (2017) "

Pour violon et orchestre

Edition Billaudot

Follow me is a concerto for violin and orchestra in three movements composed for Isabelle Faust. A hocket — where the melody is divided note by note between the soloist and the orchestra — becomes the music of an imaginary tribe. Underlying the score there is the idea of a progression in the relations between a ‘guide’ and a ‘crowd’: the ‘guide’ pronounces words that are simple, but strong.

At the beginning, he is alone. Later, individuals begin repeating the words after him. Then a ‘crowd’ repeats each word after the ‘guide’, but changes it little by little, distorting, even ridiculing it. Later, the ‘crowd’ turns against its ‘guide’, who insists on his original words, while the ‘crowd’ crushes him with their own exaggerated, distorted words, until the ‘guide’ disappears.

Ondřej Adamek