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A native of Ohio, USA, Adam Roberts (b. 1980) is a composer living in Cambridge, MA, whose music is informed by a variety of impulses, from European and American modernism to minimalism. His music has been recently performed in the U.S. and Europe by ensembles and individuals such as the Arditti Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Le Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Ensemble FA, Garth Knox, and Gabriela Díaz, and at venues and festivals such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Musique Biennale en Scene (Lyons, France), The Stone (NY), the 2009 ISCM World Music Days, and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (Boston), about which the Boston Globe wrote, "Some favorites were Adam Roberts’s jagged, insistent quartet Pulse Satellite..."

Roberts studied composition at the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Harvard University (Ph.D.), and in Vienna at the University for Performing Art and Music (Postgraduate Diploma) with David Liptak, Chaya Czernowin, Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, Joshua Fineberg, and Julian Anderson, among others. Active as an advocate for new music, he is the Artistic Administrator for the Callithumpian Consort, and a charter member of the Score Board, a composer advocacy group affiliated with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Awards include the 2010 André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Prize and the 2010 Blodgett composition prize; Roberts has also received awards from ASCAP, the Bernard Rogers Prize, the New York Bohemians Prize, a commission from the Hanson Institute for American Music, he is a Le NEM 2008 Forum laureate, and Strange Loops was performed at the 2009 ISCM “Listen to the World” Festival in Göteburg, Sweden.

[from program for June 1, 2011 concert]