Adam Gorb

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Adam Gorb


Adam Gorb (b. 12 March 1958, Cardiff, Wales) is a British composer and educator.

Dr. Gorb started composing at the age of ten. At fifteen he wrote a set of piano pieces –- A Pianist’s Alphabet –- of which a selection was performed on BBC Radio 3. In 1977 he went to Cambridge University to study music, where his teachers included Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway. After graduating in 1980 he divided his time between composition and working as a musician in the theatre. In 1987 he started studying privately with Paul Patterson, and then, from 1991 at the Royal Academy of Music where he gained a MMus degree and graduated with the highest honours, including the Principal’s Prize in 1993. He has a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Birmingham and has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, Japan and many European countries.

Gorb's compositions include orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and choral works, and have been performed, broadcast and recorded world-wide. In 1994, his composition Metropolis for wind band (1992) was award the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize. In the UK his compositions, of every ability level, have had performances at contemporary music festivals in Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Hampstead and Highgate, Spitalfields and Canterbury, and he has had concerts entirely devoted to his music in the UK, the U.S. and Canada. His second opera The Path to Heaven with an accompanying wind ensemble was premiered in the UK in 2018 with productions in the 2019 and 2020.

Adam Gorb has been a Visiting Lecturer in Composition at universities and conservatoires in the U.S., Canada, Beijing, Daejeon, Tokyo, Vienna, The Hague, Brussels, Vilnius, Weimar, Verona and Istanbul. He is Head of School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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