Darrett Adkins Signature Recital



Date: September 28, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Price: Free

Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins presents Hypersuite 6, a recital of contemporary solo cello music inspired by the astonishing Suite #6 in D major, originally written for five-string cello, by JS Bach. 

The audience will also hear works by LCCC’s own Jeffrey Mumford and his teacher, Elliott Carter, as well as the head of composition department at the Royal Conservatory in London, Philip Cashian, the Malaysian-American composer of the opera “Lotus Lives” Su Lian Tan, and Shostakovich‘s great compositional friend, Mistislav Weinberg.

Their music is woven into the fabric of Bach’s ageless and incomparable final solo cello suite. This is a very personal program, as three of the composers (Mumford, Tan, Cashian) have written concertos for Adkins.

Darrett Adkins Bio

Darrett Adkins enjoys a rich musical life as a pedagogue and performer. While serving on the cello and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he has been the inspiration and dedicatee of many important new works for cello and orchestra, serving to expand and enrich the repertoire. In addition to the concertos written for him by Su Lian Tan and Philip Cashian featured on his recording “Myth and Tradition”, with Tim Weiss and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, he premiered Stephen Hartke’s Concerto “Da Pacem” with Robert Spano and the Oberlin Orchestra. Hey also commissioned and premiered Jeffrey Mumford’s concerto “billowing pockets, brightly layered”, with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Other important American premieres include the first New York performances of Rolf Wallin’s concerto “Grund”, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Arne Nordheim’s “Tenebrae” with PerBrevig at Alice Tully Hall and Messiaen’s Concerto for Four Instruments at Carnegie Hall. Birtwhistle’s “Meridian” and Donatoni’s “Un Ruisseau Sur L’Escalier” received their US premieres by Adkins at Tanglewood with Oliver Knussen and George Benjamin conducting, respectively. He made his Aspen professional debut on just three days notice, performing Berio’s “Messagesquisses” with James Conlon, and has subsequently performed standard and contemporary repertoire with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and the Aspen Philharmonic. He gave the first New York performance of Berio’s just-discovered Sequenza XIV for solo cello and subsequently recorded it for Naxos’ complete set of Sequenzas.

An avid chamber musician, Adkins performs and records regularly in The US and Europe with the Lions Gate Trio, which is in residence at the Hartt School. He is a former member of the Zephyr Trio and the Flux Quartet, with whom he gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman’s Quartet II, and the subsequent recording on Mode Records. He has recorded with the Juilliard Quartet and been a guest at many major festivals, including those of Melbourne (Australia), Oslo Chamber Music (Norway), Ojai, Aspen, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Rio Cello Encounter (Brazil), the Sitka International Cello Seminar, and Chattaqua. He has performed standard concerto repertoire with the Orchestra of St, Lukes, the Tokyo Philharmonic (Orchard Hall), the SuWon Philharmonic (Seoul National Arts Center) , the National Symphony of the UFF in Rio de Janiero, and the orchestras of New Hampshire and North Carolina.  He has performed for the King of Norway and received the American Scandinavian Foundation’s Cultural Arts Grant for his advocacy for Norwegian music and musicians.

His recording of duos by Ravel, Kodaly and Sessions with the violinist Gil Morgenstern reached Amazon’s Top Ten Classical Recordings. His first Oberlin Music release was the solo recording Hypersuite II, featuring music of Bach interwoven with solo works by contemporary composers.

Darrett holds degrees from Oberlin, Rice, and Juilliard, and primarily studied with Norman Fischer and Joel Krosnick.