A performance by the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jiménez, with faculty soloist Darrett Adkins '91, cello.
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107
Darrett Adkins '91, cello
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52
As an artist who bridges established tradition and the avant-garde, cellist Darrett Adkins ’91 explores repertoire in almost every genre, from the classical canon to the contemporary frontier. Adkins gave the first New York performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV, which he has since recorded for Naxos’ complete Sequenzas collection. Recent presentations of his Hypersuite, a hybrid program combining solo Bach works with new works inspired by them, have riveted both listeners and critics.
Adkins has performed standard and contemporary concerti with orchestras in Asia and North and South America, among them the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tochio Soloisten, Suwon Philharmonic, Seoul’s Prime Orchestra, Orcheste National de UFF in Rio de Janeiro, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Hampshire and North Carolina Symphony orchestras. His premiere performances have included Donatoni’s Cello Concerto and Birtwhistle’s Meridian (Tanglewood), Rolf Wallin’s concerto Grund (Carnegie’s Zankel Hall), and Jeffrey Mumford’s Cello Concerto (Cleveland Chamber Symphony).
Also in demand as a chamber musician, Adkins performs regularly on prominent concert series. From 1997 until 2002, Adkins was a member of the Flux quartet, known for its dedication to cutting-edge music. He has appeared in such major festivals as Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Ojai, Melbourne Festival, Aspen, and Tanglewood. Since 1998, Adkins has been a member of Zephyr, featuring flutist Lady Jeanne Galway and pianist Jonathan Feldman. The trio tours regularly in the U.S. and gave the world premiere performance of Lowell Lieberman’s Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 83.
Adkins has recorded for the Mode, SONY/BMG, Naxos, RCA, Tzadik, Koch, MMC, Engine Company, and CRI labels. Combining passionate teaching with performing, Adkins is on the faculties of Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and Aspen Music Festival. He has earned degrees at Oberlin, Rice University, and Juilliard. He is originally from Tacoma, Washington, and now lives in Westlake, Ohio, with his wife Ingrid and their four children.