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Adams, John (Coolidge), prominent American composer and conductor; b. Worcester, Mass., Feb. 15, 1947. He studied clarinet with his father, and then with Felix Viscuglia of the Boston Sym. Orch. He pursued training in conducting with Mario di Bonaventura at Dartmouth Coll. (summer, 1965) and in composition with Leon Kirchner at Harvard Univ. (B.A., 1969; M.A., 1971). In 1970 Adams was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro (Vt.) Festival. From 1972 to 1982 he taught at the San Francisco Cons, of Music, where he also was director of its New Music Ensemble. In 1978 he became new music advisor of the San Francisco Sym., and then served as its composer-in-residence from 1982 to 1985. In 1982 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. From 1988 to 1990 he held the position of creative advisor of the St. Paul (Minn.) Chamber Orch. His Violin Concerto (1993) won the Grawemeyer Award of the Univ. of Louisville in 1995. In 1997 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adams’s interest in the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, and other American composers of an experimental persuasion, as well as his interest in electronic music, most notably the synthesizer, effectually determined his course as a composer. His transformation of minimalist procedures by combining formalized structures with stylistic diversity led him to create works that won considerable popular appeal in both the concert hall and the opera house.

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