Madeline Adkins (Concertmaster)
MADELINE ADKINS violin joined Baltimore Chamber Orchestra as Concertmaster in May 2008.
In April 2005, she was appointed to the position of Associate Concertmaster of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. She joined BSO in 2000 as Assistant Concertmaster. She has appeared frequently as soloist with BSO, performing works by Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and Prokofiev. Other recent engagements include a recital as part of the Embassy Series at the Romanian Embassy in Washington.
The daughter of noted musicologists, Ms. Adkins is the youngest of eight children including four violinists, two cellists, and a soprano. The siblings, who include titled players in National, Dallas, and Houston Symphonies, join together to perform several times a year as Adkins String Ensemble. She received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from University of North Texas and her Master’s from New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell.
She has served as guest concertmaster of Hong Kong Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony, as well as concertmaster of Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. Ms. Adkins won first prize in a number of competitions, including Stulberg International String Competition, ASTA National Solo Competition, and New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. She was also a second prize winner in Irving Klein International String Competition.
Since 1989, Ms. Adkins has been active in early music, having performed baroque violin with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Dallas Bach Society, and currently with Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore. While in Texas, she led the baroque orchestra Les Petits Violons for several years, including for a DVD of Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Élémens with New York Baroque Dance Company.