H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932) is one of America's leading composers. His unique music touches a wide variety of musical tastes and preferences. Adams has received degrees from Oberlin College, Long Beach University and Ohio State University. His is recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize 2015 Life Achievement Award.
His website (enter his name in general search engine) provides a further background on his life and career. His stage work BLAKE was featured on the Vox Showcase of New York City Opera, and on the National Opera Association programs. His art songs have been sung by leading artists worldwide, in many languages. His orchestral works have been performed by the Prague Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, to name a few.
Three all-Adams CDs, have become especially popular. "Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" features the beautiful tenor of Darryl Taylor. It was chosen as one of the ten best year recordings of the American Record Guide, and is now in its Second Edition. His "Twelve Etudes" (Piano Etudes, Part I")features the brilliant piano renditions of Adams' piano studies by Maria Corley. "Piano Etudes, Part II" which completes the etude cycle is magnificently rendered by Thomas Otten.
Many critics have observed that they find no other composer writing like Adams in the world. They find it simple yet complex, fun yet serious, spiritual yet secular. Above all, his music touches the heart and soul in a personal manner. Now you, too, can experience the wonder and beauty of H. Leslie Adams.