Adam Robers music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the JACK Quartet, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Callithumpian Consort, Earplay, fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Transient Canvas, violist Garth Knox, Guerilla Opera, and at festivals such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Tanglewood, the Biennale Musique en Scene (Lyons), and the 2009 ISCM World Music Days (Sweden).
Awards for Roberts’ music include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fromm Commission, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, among others. Roberts’ commissioners include the Tanglewood Music Center, Guerrilla Opera, Transient Canvas, and andPlay duo
Roberts’ music has been called “a powerful success,” “arresting,” and “amazingly lush,” (the Boston Musical Intelligencer), “an attractive mix of the familiar and exotic,” and “otherworldly” (Boston Classical Review), and “invigorating” with a “persistent melodic urge” (American Academy of Arts and Letters citation).
Roberts obtained a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 2003 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. Robers’ primary mentors include David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas, Julian Anderson, and Chaya Czernowin. Roberts currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Kent State University.
Roberts’ first portrait disc, “Leaf Metal,” was released onTzadik Records in 2014. Other recordings of Roberts work can be found on the New Focus Recordings and Lila Muzik labels.