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Ondrej Adámek

Country of origin: Czech Republic
Birthday: 1979

About Ondrej Adámek


10: starts playing the piano; first composition sketches
12: starts playing the organ and French horn; takes up painting
14: discovers jazz, playing electric guitar; enters Prague Conservatory
15: fascinated by music from other cultures; plays flutes and percussion; studies voice
18: enters Prague Academy of Music (Marek Kopelent); works with dancers and choreographers; creates percussion ensembles combining traditional drums and objets trouvés; discovers the prepared piano, Ligeti, Scelsi, Göbbels, minimalism, Martin Smolka, and Agon Ensemble
20: travels to Paris, studying at CNSM; discovers the electroacoustic studio (Luis Naón) and spectral music; writes first acousmatic pieces; vocal improvisation (Guy Reibel)
21: travels to Africa; works with dancers and choreographers (Opiyo Okach, Gaara Company, performance "Abila")
22: first pieces combining instrumental ensembles and electronics (Marco Stroppa); studies orchestration (Marc-André Dalbavie)
25: first commissions; writes orchestral pieces (young composers project with Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy)
27: travels to Japan (stay at Villa Kujoyama); discovers Nō theatre, Bunraku, Zen Buddhist ritual chants; thereafter works on several projects inspired by Japanese singing ("Ça tourne ça bloque", "Nôise", "Imademo", "Karakuri")
29: travels to Madrid (stay at Casa de Velázquez); discovers flamenco (String Quartet No. II "Lo que no’ contamo’"); establishes contacts with visual artists
31: travels to Berlin (DAAD scholarship); invents and develops Airmachine; meets artist and poet Sjón
32: writes music theatre pieces (Spielwerk, Le Dîner with painter Charlotte Guibé, Kameny); works with video
33: conducts Orchestre National de Lille and KNM Berlin
34: first stay in India; discovers Hinduism related to Nithyananda (enlightened master); writes "Polednice" and "Körper und Seele"
36: stays at Villa Medici; writes first opera "7 stones"; conducts Ensemble Modern; develops Airmachine 2
37: travels to Barcelona, teaching at ESMUC; writes violin concerto for Isabelle Faust; exhibitions and concerts of Airmachines (with Carol Jimenez)