Ondřej Adámek


Ondrej Adámek develops a musical language that unfolds in dialogue with distant cultures. dialogue with more distant cultures. Directness and finely moulded expressive moments with artfully composed tonal colours
characterise his works, which include orchestral, chamber, vocal and vocal and electro-acoustic music.
Born in Prague in 1979, Ondrej Adámek studied composition at the Academy of Academy of Music in Prague and at the conservatory in Paris. In 2010 came to Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme. From 2014 to 2015, he was a fellow of the Académie de France at the Villa Medici in Rome and from 2022 to 2023 a scholarship holder at the Villa Massimo in Rome. He has received numerous commissions from major festivals, orchestras, soloists and conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Isabelle Faust and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Donaueschingen Music Festival and the Musiktage and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
His works have been honoured with numerous prizes, including the Prix de Bourges (IMEB, 2003), the Prix Métamorphoses (Belgium 2002, 2004) and the Hungarian Radio Prize (2004). In 2006 he won the Composer Prize of the Brandenburg Biennale and in 2018 the Composition Prize of the State Capital Stuttgart.
As a conductor, Adámek has worked with various international orchestras and ensembles, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Berlin, the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Ensemble Musikfabrik and the Ensemble Modern. He also conducted his music theatre piece theatre ‘Alles klappt’ at the Munich Biennale and the Festival Musica Strasbourg and his music theatre ‘Seven Stones’, which he performed in 2018 with the with the vocal ensemble N.E.S.E.V.E.N at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence for the world premiere. In his work as a conductor, Adámek is interested in the authenticity and originality of the voice, as well as questions of movement, gestures and theatricality on stage. Always interested in new forms of expression and sound colours, Adámek is also developing his own his own installative musical instrument ‘Airmachine’. At this year's Bregenz Festival 2024, his music theatre piece ‘Impossible Connection’ will be premiered with the Ensemble Modern.


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