Performances by cellist Darrett Adkins have been called “heroic,” “stunning,” and “intensely involving” by The New York Times.
Hailed as an “adventurous champion of contemporary music” by Strings Magazine, he has given many important first performances of new works including the New York premiere and Naxos recording of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV, the American premiere of Donatoni’s concerto Le Ruisseau sur l’escalier with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the world premiere of Andrew Mead’s Cello Concerto and the American premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Ground at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. During his tenure with the Flux Quartet he gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, lasting sic continuous hours and later recorded for Mode Records.
No stranger to the standard repertoire, Mr. Adkins has performed concertos with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional da UFF in Brazil, and the North Carolina Symphony and the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra.
His recordings of duos by Maurice Ravel, Zoltan Kodaly and Roger Sessions on Engine Company Records was the top seller on EMusic.com and among the top 10 classical recordings on Amazon.com. He joined with the Juilliard String Quartet for their recording of Jay Greenberg’s String Quintet on Sony Masterworks. Darrett Adkins serves on the cello and chamber music faculties of the Juilliard School, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School.