Meet the soloists

 
Madeline Adkins, violin

Daniel Hass, cello

Daniel Hass cello, a native of Tel Aviv, is Gold Medalist, Stulberg International String Competition (2016).

He trained at the Israel Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Bezem and Zvi Plesser; The Young Artist Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; and New England Conservatory in Boston, under Paul Katz, as a full scholarship recipient. In spring 2017, Daniel graduated from The Juilliard School, where he trained with Joel Krosnick, as a proud recipient of Kovner Fellowship.

Over the years, Daniel has played with a number of orchestras in Israel and Canada, including Ashdod Chamber Orchestra; Israel Camerata Orchestra; Toronto Sinfonietta; Orchestra Toronto; and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has won competitions in both Israel and Canada and, since 2005, has been awarded scholarships from America-Israel Foundation with honors. Daniel participates in international masterclasses whenever he can. He has played for Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Andres Diaz, Timothy Eddy, Janos Starker, Leon Fleisher, among others. Since the age of 13, Daniel spends his summers at Perlman Music Program, where he studies with Ron Leonard and Paul Katz.

Daniel plays on a 1914 Eugenio Degani cello on loan through the course of his education.

 
Madeline Adkins, violin

Madeline Adkins, violin

Hailed as "deliciously exuberant" by the Baltimore Sun, violinist Madeline Adkins has established herself as equally at home in the spheres of solo performance, chamber music, and orchestral playing.  

In September 2016, Adkins assumed her new post as Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony under Maestro Thierry Fischer. She made her concerto debut with the Utah Symphony in November 2016, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2.

Prior to this, Adkins was the Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed by Maestro Yuri Temirkanov in 2005, after joining the orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 2000.  Adkins appeared semi-annually as soloist with the BSO, and performed over 25 works with the orchestra including pieces of Beethoven, Sarasate, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Vivaldi, Bruch, Saint-Saens, and Arvo Pärt.  She has also been the concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra since 2008.  Her tenure there has led the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith to write, “I’ve never heard this orchestra’s string sections sound quite so luxurious….Concertmaster Madeline Adkins has clearly been a positive influence in that chair.”

Adkins' CD of the complete works for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn with pianist Luis Magalhães was released in August 2016 on the TwoPianists Records label. 

She has served as guest concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, where she was featured in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.  She has also been a guest artist at numerous summer festivals including the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, Music in the Mountains, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, as well as a clinician at the National Orchestral Institute and the National Youth Orchestra.

A champion of early music, Adkins has been active in baroque performance on period instruments since the age of 11.  She has been a member of the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Dallas Bach Society, and Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore.  With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Adkins appeared as conductor and soloist in several baroque programs of her own design, as well as hosting concerts on the Casual Series. These appearances on the BSO’s subscription series included works of Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Biber, and Carlo Farina.

The daughter of noted musicologists, Adkins is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are professional musicians.  The siblings, who included titled players in the National, Dallas, and Houston symphonies, joined together to form the Adkins String Ensemble.  She performed on viola and violin with this unique chamber ensemble for over 15 years, and the group has made numerous recordings, including Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.

Adkins received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with James Buswell.  While a student, she served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and won first prize in a number of competitions, including the Stulberg International String Competition, the ASTA National Solo Competition, and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition.  She was also a second prize winner in the Irving Klein International String Competition.  

Adkins performs on the "ex-Chardon" Guadagnini of 1782, graciously loaned by Gabrielle Israelievitch to perpetuate the legacy of her late husband, former Toronto Symphony concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch  (1948 - 2015).

When not on stage, Madeline is passionate about animal rescue. She volunteered weekly for Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue in Maryland from 2008-2016, and has fostered over 100 kittens. 

 
Madeline Adkins, violin

Rob Patterson, clarinet

Recognized for his "rich, luscious tone quality" (The Clarinet), Rob Patterson is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile clarinetists of his generation. Most recently he served as Acting Principal Clarinet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the 2015-2016 season, and was Principal Clarinet of the Charlottesville Symphony and a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia from 2012-2015.  Upcoming teaching engagements include the University of Kentucky, The Grieg Academy, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo.

Particularly at home in chamber music, Mr Patterson’s performances have taken him across North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. He has performed contemporary music as a member of the VERGE Ensemble in Washington, DC and was previously a member of the Philadelphia-based Ensemble 39, a mixed group of strings and woodwinds that is active in commissioning new works.  While a Strathmore Artist in Residence, Mr Patterson presented a series of solo recitals, masterclasses, educational concerts, and a recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Enjoying an ongoing relationship with Strathmore, he is frequently presented in recital both at Strathmore and in venues around the Washington metropolitan area.

Mr Patterson’s festival appearances include Bravo! Vail, Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île-en-Mer, Garth Newel Music Center, Music from Angel Fire, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival. At Yellow Barn, Boston Globe critic Jeffrey Johnson observed that in his performance of Edison Denisov’s Ode, Mr. Patterson “played the part with command, finding the extremes the work sought to articulate”.

Rob Patterson is a devoted teacher, and has been engaged by the Theodore Presser Music Company to co-author the upcoming book Advanced Clarinet Studies: The Art of Chunking.  This summer he will perform with the faculty ensemble at the Curtis Institute of Music's Summerfest, and has previously taught at Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Prior appointments include the University of Virginia, the Sewanee Summer Festival and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program in Putney, VT. He has presented classes at The Juilliard School, Rice University, Teatro del Lago (Chile), James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and Taipei Municipal University.

Mr Patterson’s solo recording, Gumbo, was released as a result of a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The disc has earned critical acclaim and was voted Best Classical Recording of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association. 

Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Mr Patterson earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Southern California. His principal teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Richard Hawley, and Donald Montanaro.

Mr Patterson is proud to be a D'addario and Buffet-Crampon performing artist.

 
Madeline Adkins, violin

Steven Masi, piano

Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.   As a recitalist and chamber musician he has appeared at the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chattauqua Festival, Park City International Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. He has been guest soloist with The Atlanta Symphony, American Symphony, and New Symphony Orchestra of London.  In Germany he was an artist member of the Bonn Chamber Music Society and recorded extensively for the Southwest German Radio and Aulos Records.  He has toured the United States with the Bonn Woodwind Quintet, and as a member of the Odyssey Chamber Players and Leonore Trio.  His recordings have earned lavish praise in the press and have been heard on radio stations throughout the U.S. as well as Radio Filharmonia in Lima, Peru, Radio Cultura in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Suddeutsche and Westdeutsche Rundfunk in Germany.A graduate of the Juilliard School,  Mr. Masi lives in Leonia, New Jersey with his wife, clarinetist Diana Petrella and son Aidan.