Madeline Adkins, violin
Madeline Adkins was appointed to the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Yuri Temirkanov in 2005. She joined the orchestra in 2000 as Assistant Concertmaster. She appears annually as soloist with the BSO, and has performed works of Beethoven, Sarasate, Prokofiev, Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, and Bruch. Ms. Adkins is also the Concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. 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."
Ms. Adkins 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. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Adkins performs frequently in the Baltimore/Washington area. Recent engagements include a recital as part of the Embassy Series at the Romanian Embassy in Washington DC. She has also been a guest artist at numerous summer festivals including 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.
A champion of early music, Ms. 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 currently Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore. With the BSO, Ms. Adkins has 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, Ms. Adkins is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are professional musicians. The siblings, who include titled players in the National, Dallas, and Houston symphonies, joined together in 1994 to form the Adkins String Ensemble. Ms. Adkins has performed on viola and violin with this unique chamber ensemble for over 15 years and the group has made numerous recordings.
Ms. 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.
When not on stage, Ms. Adkins is passionate about animal rescue. She volunteers and fosters cats and kittens for Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue in Maryland.