Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His work has been hailed as “mesmerizing” and “music of a composer with a personal voice and keen imagination” by The New York Times and “wondrously alluring” by The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Adams is currently a Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure with the CSO, Adams will create new works for the orchestra and co-curate the CSO’s critically-acclaimed MusicNOW series with fellow Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek.

Adams has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and St. Lawrence String Quartet and has collaborated with many of today's leading voices in contemporary music, including Spektral Quartet, The Living Earth Show, pianist Sarah Cahill and conductor David Robertson.

Recent highlights include Quartet Movement for the Spektral Quartet and the world premiere of Light Readings by the Northwestern Bienen School of Music Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Members of the Chicago Symphony. In the spring of 2018, the CSO will feature his many words of love on their tour of the East Coast. 

Future projects include a chamber concerto for violinist Karen Gomyo, which will have its premiere with members of the CSO under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and a new work for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which they will feature on their 2018 Australian tour. 

A committed educator, Adams frequently engages in projects with young musicians. In 2014, he was in residence with The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYOUSA), for which he composed a work that was premiered under the baton of David Robertson. Adams also regularly works with the students of The Crowden Music Center (Berkeley, CA) as a composition instructor and co-directs the Civic Orchestra Composer Project (Chicago, IL).

Adams grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he participated in the improvised music community from a young age. He attended Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in composition and electroacoustic music while performing contrabass in the Bay Area. He received a master's degree in composition from The Yale School of Music. 


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