Samuel Adams (born December 30, 1985) is an American composer. He was born in San Francisco, California and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Adams began to develop his musical personality while performing in San Francisco and studying composition and electroacoustics at Stanford University; he later studied with Martin Bresnick. Adams subsequently earned a Master's degree in music from Yale University. His music draws on his experiences in a diverse array of disciplines including experimental forms, microsound, noise, improvised music, programming, and phonography.
Adams has received commissions from the New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently one of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's two composers-in-residence, having been jointly named to the post with Elizabeth Ogonek in 2015.Tension Studies for electric guitar, percussion, and electronics (2010 - 2011)
Drift and Providence for large ensemble, four percussionists, and electronics (2011- 2012)
String Quartet in Five Movements (2013)
Violin Concerto (2013)
Radial Play (2014)
Shade Studies (2014)
many words of love (2016)