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Adams, John

Adams, John

Born in 1947


Inducted in 2009

John Adams is one of American\'s more admired and respected composers and conductors, where his operatic and symphonic works stand out among contemporary classical compositions. John Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1947. He was raised in various New England states where he was greatly influenced by New England\'s musical culture. Adams began composing at the age of ten and first heard his music performed around the age of 13 or 14. After he studied at Harvard University in 1965 he studied composition under Leon Kirchner, Roger Sessions, Earl Kim, and David Del Tredici. Nonesuch Records released Adams\'s Harmonielehre in 1985, and all of his works since then have appeared first on that label. In 2003, Adams received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Music for On the Transmigration of Souls. He has been awarded honorary degrees and proclamations by Cambridge University,Harvard University and Northwestern University, where he was given an honorary doctorate and the first Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition. Adams\'s much praised autobiography Hallelujah Junction (Farrar,Straus & Giroux) was named one of the \"most notable books\" of 2008 by the New York Times and was the winner of the 2009 Northern California Book Award for creative nonfiction.