Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins, cello, has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tochio Soloisten, National Symphony of Rio de Janeiro, Seoul’s Prime Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic, and the New Hampshire, North Carolina, Greenwich, and Monadnock music festival orchestras. Other performances include his New York concerto debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, the American Premier of Messian’s Concerto for four Instruments with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the American premiere of Donatoni’s Cello Concerto with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, with whom he also performed Birtwistle’s Meridian. Mr. Adkins made his Aspen debut in 2002 in Boulez’s Messagesquisse under James Conlon. He has given the world premiere performances of concertos written for him by Stephen Hartke, Su Lian Tan, Philip Cashian and premiers of concertos by Andrew Mead and Jeffrey Mumford. He has given New York premiers of concertos by Arne Nordheim, Rolf Wallin, and Olivier Messian. He also played the first New York performance of Berio’s Sequenza XIV, which he has recorded for Naxos. An avid chamber musician, he tours regularly with the Lion’s Gate Trio, which is in residence at the Hartt School of Music and which has developed the annual festival “Ode to Joy” featuring surveys of single composers’ chamber music. From 1997 to 2002 he was a member of the Flux Quartet, which gave a historical first complete performance and recording of Morton Feldman’s monumental String Quartet No. 2, a continuous 6-hour work. He has recorded as a soloist and chamber musician on the Oberlin Music, Sony Classical, Mode, Koch, RCA, Tzadik, MMC, and CRI labels. His recent recording “Myth and Tradition” features three concertos (Tan, Cashian and Richard Wernick) with Tim Weiss and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. His CD Hypersuite 2 wraps the D Minor Bach Suite around a contemporary solo cello recital (works by Carter, Golijov, Sessions, Nordheim and Verdie). Mr. Adkins joined the Juilliard School faculty in 2002, and the Oberlin Conservatory and Aspen Music Festival faculty in 2003.

Darrett Adkins

Guest Darrett Adkins

FromThe Julliard School
Instrument Cello
Teaching in 2019 Guest

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