Samuel Adams (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His works, hailed as "wondrously alluring" (The San Francisco Chronicle), “thoroughly ingenious" (The San Francisco Examiner) and “music of a composer with a personal voice and keen imagination” (The New York Times), draw from his experiences in a diverse array of fields, including noise and electronic music, jazz, and field recording.
He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, ACJW (The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and The Weill Institute of Music), and Emanuel Ax.
Recent highlights include Drift and Providence, a work co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony that had its premiere under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. The work, which received immediate critical acclaim, will be performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the San Francisco Symphony's Fall 2014 national tour. In the spring of 2013, Adams was composer in residence at Spoleto Festival USA, where his String Quartet in Five Movements was premiered by St. Lawrence String Quartet. The work had further performances at Stanford’s new Bing Concert Hall in the Fall of 2013. In April 2013, his Tension Studies were presented as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Brooklyn Festival and, in the following November, were released on post-classical duo The Living Earth Show's first full-length album, High Art.
Future projects include a violin concerto for Anthony Marwood and a new work for the San Francisco Symphony (2015-2016). In the spring of 2014, Adams will curate an evening of music as part of the San Francisco Symphony's revamped contemporary music series. In the summer of 2014, Adams will participate as guest composer with the National Youth Orchestra of The United States of America (NYOUSA), during which the fellows will perform a new work under the direction of David Robertson as part of their coast-to-coast national tour.
Adams currently lives and works in Oakland, California.