updated 1 April 2021

Daniel D'Adamo

Argentinian composer born 18 November 1966 in Buenos Aires.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1966, Daniel D’Adamo began training as a musician in his home city. In 1992, he moved to France to study in the composition class of Philippe Manoury at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon. In 1996/1997, he participated in Cursus (the IRCAM’s composition and computer music course), studying with Tristan Murail and Brian Ferneyhough. That same year, he took part in the International Forum of Young Composers in Montreal with Voices. In 1997, he was a resident of the Villa Médicis in Rome, where he undertook several composition projects and founded the Musica XXI Festival. He received a degree in musicology from the University of Paris in 2002, after research into the perception and learning of twelve-tone music at LEAD-CNRS, a cognitive psychology laboratory of the French National Center for Scientific Research in Dijon. In 2004, he founded Ensemble XXI, based in Dijon, and remained its artistic director until 2009.

In 2007, D’Adamo was a composer-in-residence at the Abbaye de Royaumont, where he premiered Madrigali, a series of eight pieces for three vocalists and baroque instrument ensemble. That same year, he received a commission from the French Ministry of Culture for a piece for clarinet and ensemble, Cerclé, composed for Ensemble L’Instant Donné. In 2009-2010, D’Adamo extended his residency at the Abbaye de Royaumont for a commission from the Ensemble Philidor for 17th-century instruments. He composed a series of pieces in dialogue with Mozart’s Sérénade K.361 “Gran Partita.”

In 2011, he began work on a cycle of chamber music for ensemble and electronics. Titled The lips cycle, it comprises the pieces Lips, your lips, Keep your furies, Air lié, and Traum Entelechiae, commissioned by the GMEM (Marseille), Césaré (Reims), and the French Ministry of Culture. He completed the cycle in 2017 with Fall - Love Letters fragments for mezzo-soprano, harp, and electronics, commissioned by the GRM.

In 2012, D’Adamo and Thierry Blondeau collaborated on the composition of a double string quartet with electronics, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture for the Biennale Musiques en Scène de Lyon and recorded by the Béla Quartet on the Cuicatl label. That same year, he composed Tout Lieu Habité for orchestral ensemble, commissioned by the Contrechamps Ensemble (Geneva) and Quatuor à cordes n° 2 for the Tana Quartet, commissioned by Radio France.

In October 2014, his monodrama La haine de la musique for one actor (Lionel Monier), ensemble, and electronics, based on an adaptation of an essay by Pascal Quignard and directed by Christian Gangneron, premiered at the Festival Musica, performed by Ensemble TM+, conducted by Laurent Cuniot.

A Faraday cage for marimba and electronics, commissioned by Art Zoyd and Césare-CNCM, premiered in a performance by Laurent Mariusse during the IRCAM’s ManiFeste Festival in 2016. His first chamber opera, Kamchatka, with an original libretto by the Argentinian author Marcelo Figueras, premiered in 2016 at the Théâtre Colon in Buenos Aires. In 2017, he composed a series of five études for solo double base - Ombres portées - for Florentin Ginot, for Radio France’s broadcast Alla Breve. He is currently working on a new piece for string quintet - with two cellos - commissioned by the Béla Quartet, as well as Quartet N°3, a commission by the Ars Musica for the Tana Quartet.

Daniel D’Adamo is regularly performed around the world by different soloists and instrumental formations (including Court Circuit, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble XXI, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Instant Donné, Sillages, and Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain). He has been a guest of many festivals including ManiFeste, Présences, Agora, Musica, Biennale Musique en Scène de Lyon, Les Musiques de Marseille, and Voix Nouvelles in France; Inventionen in Germany; Nuova Consonanza, Roma-Europa, and Traiettorie in Italy; and Journées de Contrechamps and Archipel in Switzerland. His music was performed by the Spectra Ensemble (Belgium) during the 2014 World Music Days in Sydney, Australia.

D’Adamo has taught musical analysis at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) and the Conservatoire de Tours (where he founded and coordinates the Atelier Contemporain, a cycle of courses for perfecting performance techniques for the contemporary repertoire) In 2007, he was a guest professor at the 18th composition session of Voix Nouvelles de la Fondation Royaumont. He is currently a professor of composition at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg and the Haute École des Arts du Rhin. In 2017 he directed the Philippe Manoury Composition Academy at the Festival Musica in Strasbourg.

In 2006, he received the Boucourechliev Award, and in 2009, the SACEM’s Prix de Printemps for Dream of Bells for the Maîtrise de Radio France choir. The recording of Plier / Déplier for string quartet and electronics won the Académie Charles Cros Prize.

Daniel D’Adamo was naturalized as an Italian citizen in 1993 and has lived in Paris since 2002.

His works are published by Éditions Gérard Billaudot and Le Chant du Monde.


© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2017

  • Solo (excluding voice)
    • Imarginalia n°1 for oboe (1996-1997, 1991-1993), 12 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Ircam cursus D'Ombra I for bass clarinet, live electroacoustic device (1996-1997), 12 mn, Billaudot [program note]
    • For P for piano (1999), 6 mn, Billaudot
    • Carta Segreta for solo piano (2000), 15 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Études des cordes for solo violin (2001), 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • For Z for solo piano (2001), 5 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • For A for solo piano (2003), 5 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Interior for guitar (2005), 8 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Circoli Ciaccona da Interior (2006), 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Carmen for cello (2007), 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Suonare for solo violin (2008), 7 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Graine-S for clarinet (2009), 3 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Air Lié - Lips Cycle #3 for flute and electronics (2013), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec A Faraday cage for marimba and electronics (2016), 12 mn [program note]
    • Ombres portées five pieces for solo double bass (2017), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • Chamber music
  • Instrumental ensemble music
    • Voices for 15 instruments (1995-1996), 17 mn, Billaudot
    • D'Ombra II for 15 instruments (1996-1997), 14 mn, Billaudot
    • Trois pièces pour orchestre for symphony orchestra (2002), 9 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Lames for ensemble (2003-2004), 16 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Landness for spatialized instrumental ensemble (2007), 26 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Frontières-Alliages for 15 musicians (2008), 18 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Nuits-Cassation for 18th century wind instrument ensemble (2009), 27 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Les filles aux yeux bandés for bedroom set (2010), 5 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • de Nuits for ensemble of wind instruments (2009-2011), 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Tout Lieu habité for orchestral ensemble of 18 musicians (2012), 16 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Sur son visage for bedroom set (2013), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Marelle for five flutes and electronics (2015), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Fabula for symphony orchestra (2020), 18 mn 30 s
  • Concert music
    • Abschluß for piano and instrumental ensemble (2001), 12 mn, Billaudot
    • Cerclé for clarinet and instrumental ensemble (2008-2009), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • … à Reims for four solo trumpets and three trumpet ensembles (2010), 6 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
  • Vocal music and instrument(s)
    • elec Comme'In Più Negre Tenebre for soprano, ensemble and electronics (1995), 12 mn, partition retirée du catalogue
    • Issu stellaire for two choirs, two solo voices and ensemble (2000), 8 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Canzone Secondo madrigale, for soprano and triple harp (2006), 3 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Così Ricercare, for baroque traverso and soprano (2006), 4 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Eco, lunare Preludio, senza misura, for mezzo-soprano and bass viol (2006), 3 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Fine Choral, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, traverso and triple harp (2006), 60 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Ho sbagliato tutto Recitativo, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baroque traverso and triple harp (2006), 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Il cane Primo madrigale (2006), 6 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Madrigali series of 8 pieces for 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, baroque flute, triple harp, bass and viol tenor (2006-2007), 30 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Keep your furies - Lips Cycle #2 for mezzo-soprano, flute in G and electronics (2012), 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Two English poems by Borges for soprano and ensemble (2012), 12 mn, édition du compositeur
    • elec stage La Haine de la Musique for an actor, ensemble and electronics (2013), 1 h 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Tango de tangos for soprano and ensemble (2015), 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • stage Kamchatka chamber opera, for three singers and four instrumentalists (2016), 1 h 15 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Traum-Entelechiae for soprano, alto flute, harp, viola and electronics (2016), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Fall - Love letters fragments - The lips cycle #5 for mezzo-soprano, harp and electronics (2017), 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • A cappella vocal music
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
    • elec Galiléo for electronics (2010), 25 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2020
  • 2018
    • Sur Vestiges for string quintet, 28 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • … zig for flute, tenor saxophone and piano, 5 mn
  • 2017
  • 2016
    • elec A Faraday cage for marimba and electronics, 12 mn [program note]
    • stage Kamchatka chamber opera, for three singers and four instrumentalists, 1 h 15 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Traum-Entelechiae for soprano, alto flute, harp, viola and electronics, 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2015
    • Furia Porteña for accordion and two percussionists, 7 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Marelle for five flutes and electronics, 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Tango de tangos for soprano and ensemble, 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
    • elec Plier / Déplier for string quartet and electronics, 56 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • de Nuits for ensemble of wind instruments, 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2010
  • 2009
    • Cerclé for clarinet and instrumental ensemble, 12 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Graine-S for clarinet, 3 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Nuits-Cassation for 18th century wind instrument ensemble, 27 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2008
  • 2007
    • ... su nero Terzo madrigale, for soprano, mezzo-soprano and tenor, 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Carmen for cello, 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • elec Landness for spatialized instrumental ensemble, 26 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Madrigali series of 8 pieces for 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, baroque flute, triple harp, bass and viol tenor, 30 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2006
    • Canzone Secondo madrigale, for soprano and triple harp, 3 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Circoli Ciaccona da Interior, 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Così Ricercare, for baroque traverso and soprano, 4 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Eco, lunare Preludio, senza misura, for mezzo-soprano and bass viol, 3 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Fine Choral, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, traverso and triple harp, 60 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Ho sbagliato tutto Recitativo, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baroque traverso and triple harp, 4 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Il cane Primo madrigale, 6 mn 30 s, Le Chant du Monde
    • Pholia for two euphoniums or two saxhorns, 8 mn 30 s, Billaudot
  • 2005
  • 2004
    • Breath for bass clarinet and cello, 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Lames for ensemble, 16 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2003
    • For A for solo piano, 5 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2002
  • 2001
    • Abschluß for piano and instrumental ensemble, 12 mn, Billaudot
    • For Z for solo piano, 5 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Études des cordes for solo violin, 10 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 2000
    • Carta Segreta for solo piano, 15 mn, Le Chant du Monde
    • Issu stellaire for two choirs, two solo voices and ensemble, 8 mn, Le Chant du Monde
  • 1999
    • Coeli et terrae for bass saxophone and double bass, 12 mn, Billaudot
    • For P for piano, 6 mn, Billaudot
    • Omaggio I for violin and cello, 3 mn 30 s, Billaudot
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992

Liens internet

(liens vérifiés en avril 2021).

Bibliographie

  • Daniel D’ADAMO, « Le compositeur, maître ou victime de l’outil technologique », dans L’art ou risque de la technique, sous la direction de Thomas Ferenczi, Editions Complexe, 2001.

Discographie

  • Daniel D’ADAMO, Goodbye universe \ X, Bruno Bonansea et Nicolas Nageote, clarinettes, 1 cd Triton, 2016, TRI331205.
  • Daniel D’ADAMO, Plier / Déplier, Quatuor Béla, 1 cd Cuicatl, 2013, 003
  • Daniel D’ADAMO, les Madrigali dans « Sigismondo D’India », Ensemble Poïesis, CD Æon, 2008, n° AECD 0869.
  • Daniel D’ADAMO, Voices, Die runde Zahl, Cœli et Terræ, d’Ombra I, d’Ombra II. dans « Voices », Didier Meu, Vincent David, Pierre Dutrieu, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Court Circuit, dir. Pierre-André Valade, Coll. « MFA », CD Radio-France, 2002, n° MFA 216039.
  • Daniel D’ADAMO, Carta Segreta dans « Pascale Berthelot, piano » (avec également des œuvres de Brian Ferneyhough, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ivan Fedele et Luigi Nono), Pascale Berthelot, Coll. « En-jeux », CD CNSMD, 2003.