Composer Thomas Adès to receive Sonning Award

Thomas Ades
Thomas Adès (KC1989)

Thomas Adès (KC1989) will receive the 2015 Léonie Sonning Music Prize at a special concert on Thursday 8 October at the DR Concert House, Hellerup, Denmark.

The concert, which is hosted by the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation, will see a programme of music by Thomas Adès conducted by the composer, including Aslya (1997), for orchestra, America: A Prophecy (1999) for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra, and Totentanz (2013) for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra.

Totentanz will receive its first Danish performance at the concert, which will be performed by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Mark Stone (baritone) and Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano).

Commissioned by Robin Boyle (KC 1955), the work is written in memory of Witold and Danuta Lutoslawski. On the occasion of its premiere at the 2013 BBC Proms, Totentanz was hailed by critics, with the Telegraph describing it as "a cultural event of the first magnitude".

Adès, who studied with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway while at King's, will be the 15th composer to receive the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Previous recipients of the award include Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Benjamin Britten.

21 September 2015