BIOGRAPHY

Adam Gorb studied music at Cambridge with Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway and with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music.

His works have been performed, broadcast and recorded worldwide. They include Kol Simcha, a ballet for the Rambert Dance company, String Quartet No. 1 for the Maggini quartet, Diaspora for the Goldberg Ensemble and Prelude, Interlude and Postlude for piano which has been performed by Philip Mead, Rolf Hind, Stephen Gutman and Graham Scott. Towards Nirvana received its first performance by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Ensemble in 2002, winning a British Composer Award in 2004.

Recent works include a cantata Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall (2007) based on the experiences of the political prisoner John McCarthy with a libretto by John McCarthy and Ben Kaye, and two new Wind Band works Adrenaline City (2006) and Farewell (2008) which both won British Composer Awards. 2010 saw the premiere of Absinthe for piano and Eternal Voices, an oratio based on the war in Afghanistan with words by Ben Kaye, and given its first performance in Exeter cathedral.


Adam Gorb is Head of School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.