Ondřej Adámek

Short Bio

Ondřej Adámek was born in 1979 in Prague. He has received commissions for orchestral, choir, ensemble, and vocal works, as well as music for instruments and electronics from prestigious ensembles, orchestras and festivals of contemporary music in Europe. Adámek seeks out special playing techniques for classical instruments, creates new original instruments, with his vast knowledge of new possibilities for classical instruments, obtains a very specific sound colour that, together with a powerful rhythmic and solid formal architecture, creates very personal music with strong dramatic aspect. Adámek graduated from the composition department of the Academy of Music in Prague in 2004 and from the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris in 2007. Adámek came to Berlin in 2010 as a guest of the DAAD’s Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme, where he has been living ever since. His music was awarded the Synthèse Prize (Bourges 2002), Metamorphose (Brussels 2002, 2004), First Prize of Hungarian Radio, the Brandenburg Biennale prize (2006), the Prix Hervé-Dugardin – SACEM (2009), the Grand Prix Tansman (Lodz 2010), the Prix George Enesco 2011, and others. In 2014-2015 is Adamek fellow of Academie de France, Villa Medici in Rome.

Ondřej Adámek is also conductor and conducts his opera Alles Klappt in the festival Biennale Munich, also his opera Seven Stones in the opera festival in Aix-en-Provence. In 2018 Ondřej Adámek founded the vocal ensemble N.E.S.E.V.E.N, for which he also develops his own compositions and interdisciplinary programmes in cooperation with other ensembles. In his work as a conductor and leader of vocal ensembles, Adámek is interested in the authenticity and originality of the voice, as well as questions of movement, gesture and theatricality on stage. Always interested in new forms of expression and sound colours, Adamek also develops his own installative musical instrument “Airmachine”  


Collaborating Artists

Éric Oberdorff

Stage Director & Choreographer


Eric Soyer

Éric Soyer

Set and Lighting Designer

Clémence Pernoud

Clémence Pernoud

Costume Designer


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