Winner of the 2013 Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Adam Roberts' music has been recently performed by ensembles and individuals such as the Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Le Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Ensemble FA, Garth Knox, and Gabriela Díaz, and at festivals such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Musique Biennale en Scene (Lyons, France), Tanglewood, and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (Boston), about which the Boston Globe wrote, “Some favorites were Adam Roberts’s jagged, insistent quartet "Pulse Satellite"…”
Awards for Roberts' music include an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Bernard Rogers Prize (Eastman), the New York Bohemians Prize (Harvard), a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship for studies in Vienna from Harvard University, he is a Le NEM 2008 Forum laureate, and "Strange Loops" was performed at the 2009 ISCM “Listen to the World” Festival in Göteburg, Sweden. Roberts also received the 2010 Blodgett Quartet prize, the 2010 Earplay Donald Aird Memorial prize, the Christoph and Stefan Kaske fellowship award from the 2010 Wellesley Composers Conference, and was a winner of the 2010 Association for the Promotion of New Music call for scores. Roberts was a Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2011. Roberts has been commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center, Guerilla Opera, and the Callithumpian Consort, among others.
Roberts studied at Eastman (BM), Harvard (PhD), and in Vienna at the University for Performing Art and Music (Postgraduate Diploma) with David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas, Steven Stucky, Martin Bresnick, Baernard Rands, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Joshua Fineberg, Julian Anderson, and Chaya Czernowin.
Roberts serves on the faculty at Istanbul Technical University's Center for Advanced Studies in Music, where he teaches composition and theory.