Pipeworks @ the NCH
25 January 2013
David Adams, organ Free pre-concert organ recitals linked to main evening RTÉ NSO orchestral concert Presented by Pipeworks in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall. The recitals are part-funded by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951 Variations on a Recitative, Op. 40 Franz Liszt (1811–86) Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' S259 Two aspects of the RTÉ NSO concert which follow this recital are amplified in this Pipeworks programme. Alban Berg’s concerto and his teacher Schoenberg’s variations are twelve-tone works, both with a strong tonal undercurrent. Berg’s use of the chorale 'Es ist genug' in the Concerto and Beethoven’s famous hymn of joy are mirrored in Liszt’s use of the revolutionary hymn 'Ad nos' from Meyerbeer’s opera Le Prophète. David Adams is a former organ scholar of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College Dublin. He studied in Freiburg (with Ludwig Doerr) and Amsterdam (with Piet Kee and Ewald Kooiman), winning prizes at international competitions in Speyer, Lüneburg, Dublin and Bruges. Since his début recital at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, at the age of 16, he has performed throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, and is a regular guest at major international festivals. He regularly appears with all the Irish orchestras and is much in demand as an ensemble player in the fields of early and contemporary music. As a conductor he has worked with the Ulster Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company, the Orchestra of St Cecilia and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He has premièred many new works including numerous compositions written specially for him. In addition to solo organ CDs recorded on the organs of Trinity College and the National Concert Hall Dublin, he has recorded for Naxos, Black Box and Wergo. David Adams has taught at conservatories in Freiburg, Berlin and The Hague, and at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Trinity College Dublin, and now lectures at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He gives masterclasses and lectures at home and abroad, and has been a juror for many national and international competitions. In 2007 he was awarded a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for his work on Max Reger and Karl Straube. David is organist of Christ Church Taney and St Nahi’s in Dublin.