Meet the soloists

Madeline Adkins, violin

Madeline Adkins, violin

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.

Bryan Young

Bryan Young, bassoon

Winner and finalist in competitions including the Gillet International Bassoon Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Bryan has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. The Washington Post writes that his playing ‘dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument,’ and the Baltimore Sun has praised his ‘particularly beautiful playing, technical agility and understated elegance.’ Bryan tours the US and internationally as bassoonist for the Poulenc Trio. Bryan serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. Bryan studied at the Peabody Conservatory with Linda Harwell and at Yale with Frank Morelli.

As a musical collaborator and chamber musician, Bryan has toured and performed with violinist Hilary Hahn, clarinetist Anthony McGill, soprano Hyunah Yu, Guggenheim- winning poet Lia Purpura, and appeared with legendary jazz-leader Cab Calloway in his final performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Bryan has premiered new works written for him by composers Octavio Vazquez, Steven Gerber, Thomas Benjamin and David Fetter, in addition to more than 20 new works he co-commissioned and premiered with the Poulenc Trio.

Bryan is on faculty at Morgan State University and Washington Adventist University. He has been invited as featured lecturer and given masterclasses and workshops at NYU, Princeton, Tulane, Loyola University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, Brigham Young University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, San Francisco State University, Regents University, MD Institute College of Art (MICA), and Towson University. He is a recipient of the Yale Alumni Ventures Grant and the UNCF Award for Excellence.

In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is the former leader of Intertwine Systems, a healthcare and educational software company that he founded. At Intertwine, Bryan was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Business Journal as a mobile software entrepreneur to watch. As a technologist, Bryan worked with the State of Maryland in collaboration with the University of Maryland and the Alvin Toffler Institute to develop iPad-based software for cardiologists, and with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in conjunction with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to develop new research tools for endocrinologists. Bryan is a partner and former chief technology advisor to SailTime, the world’s largest fractional sailing company, and currently serves as Chief Technologist at JobJybe, an Austin-based startup focused on business communications. 

Bryan is a frequent guest on Maryland's WBJC-FM radio show, Face the Music. Bryan writes about music, medicine, culture and technology at his blog, Amalgamated Humanity.

Max Pollak

Max Pollak, tap dancer

Max Pollak, is a Bessie Award nominee 2011, 2010 Individual Artist Grantee of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and 2008 fellow in Choreography from the New York Foundation of the Arts. He is one of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today. He is recognized worldwide for his superior musicianship and his highly individual style as the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap and body music to create RumbaTap.

Originator of Cuba's first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998, and has worked with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's top Rumba group, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs and jazz legends Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton and Danilo Perez.

He is also recognized for making European and South American classical music more accessible by playing with classical ensembles in prestigious venues like Vienna's Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Havana's Teatro Nacional and Teatro Amadeo Roldan. He has performed with members of both the Vienna Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic as well as the Duluth Superior and Plano Symphony Orchestras, with the latter two as soloist in the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto.

On faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, he travels the world with his group RumbaTap and is about to release his first CD recording.

Yaegy Park

Yaegy Park, violin

Violinist Yaegy Park was born in Houston, Texas, and has immediately been recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists as age 4, the foundation’s youngest member in history.

She was able to find her passion as she grew up performing within this foundation- to inspire others with her music, no matter what the venue. For years, she performed in local hospitals, nursing homes, and even museums with the HYAC until in 2008, under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Yaegy was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist and performed on the NPR show From the Top, her first venture outside of Texas. She then went ahead further and went to Germany in 2009 for her first ever competition and won 3rd place in the Louis Spohr International Competition, and soon after won 1st place in the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition and American Protégé International Competition.

Yaegy then auditioned for the Juilliard Precollege division, and moved to NYC to attend from grades 8 to 12, under the tutelage of Catherine Cho. During these 5 years, Yaegy won top prizes in competitions such as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, LISMA International Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and most recently the Stulberg International Competition in May, 2015. Yaegy is also an avid chamber musician and won competitions in the chamber division at the KRB NY International Music Competition and the Crescendo International Music Competition. She was recently named a Young Arts Winner of 2015, and was a semifinalist of the Presidential Scholars.

Yaegy just had her Carnegie debut in June, 2015, with the Foundation of the Revival of Classical Culture, in which she is an avid member. She will attend The Juilliard School this coming fall, under Catherine Cho.

In her spare time, Yaegy loves to learn about philosophy, psychology, and reading classic literature. She has also gone to NYC public schools to speak to younger children about music and the arts, and loves spreading her love for her craft.