ADAM DONEN

 

 

Adam Donen is a composer, director and writer.

Recent major works include Symphony to a Lost Generation (an eighty-minute symphony and the world’s first fully holographic dramatic work, which he composed and directed), The Bernhard Suite for string orchestra and piano and the song cycle Poems After Lorca. He has also released three albums of songs, performed across Europe, written and directed a sellout site specific puppet opera and lectured at venues including Tate Britain and Puppentheatrium Bremen. 

After graduating from UCL with a first in English Literature, Donen spent a year touring the UK fronting an overly earnest and underly musical rock band until he was ‘discovered’ by Grammy-nominated producer Robert Harder (Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock), with whom he worked on three albums of songs – Immortality, Vampires and False Bay Echoes. Like Elgar and Schoenberg, an autodidact, Donen had studied classical orchestration obsessively since his teens, largely through the manuals of the  Russian romantics. He developed this on his albums, writing his own ever-more-ornate accompaniments to his songs.

More recently, his work has been performed by major soloists including Russian piano virtuoso Anna Zassimova (who has added his Ballade to her repertoire) and legendary 4-octave singer Ernesto Tomasini, as well as by the world renowned Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn.

Donen was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1985, and delivered his first poetry performance in Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison to ANC freedom fighters in 1990. He is currently Bloomsbury Composer-in-Residence, and divides his time between London and Berlin.