Guest and Faculty Recital: Christopher Adkins, cello & Kiyoshi Tamagawa, piano
7:00pm CDT April 21, 2014
The program will include works from Johann Sebastian Bach, George Crumb, Maurice Ravel, Antonin Dvorak, Englebert Humperdinck, Jules Massenet, Paul Hindemith, and Christoph Gluck.
Christopher Adkins is the principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He received his musical training at the University of North Texas and at Yale University, where he studied with the distinguished pedagogue Aldo Parisot. During his tenure at Yale, Mr. Adkins held the position of principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony. Upon receiving his Master of Music degree he assumed the duties of assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony. After two seasons in the Rockies, he was offered the post of principal chair with the Milwaukee symphony. In 1987, he returned to his native Dallas to occupy the chair once held by his former teacher, Lev Aronson.
In addition to his duties with the Dallas Symphony, Mr. Adkins serves on the faculty of Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas. He remains an active recitalist and chamber musician. A member of a large musical family, Mr. Adkins and his six brothers and sisters formed the Adkins String Ensemble, whose performances were praised by the Dallas Morning News as among the ten best concerts of the year.
Mr. Adkins enjoys gardening, songwriting and woodworking, but most of all spending time with his wife, Dallas Symphony violinist Alexandra Adkins, and his children, Rachel, Rebekah, Theresa, Christian, Carmen, and Ariel.
Kiyoshi Tamagawa, Professor of Music at Southwestern University, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries. His collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in over thirty recitals and a CD of violin and piano music, “Witches’ Brew.” Their performances took them across the United States and also included concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. Dr. Tamagawa has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, where he was called an “excellent” pianist by The Strad magazine, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series in Chicago. Recently he has played recitals at California State University/Fullerton and University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire, appeared with the Temple Symphony Orchestra as soloist in the Second Piano Concerto of Rachmaninoff, and lectured and performed in Paris. In February 2013 he appeared with the Austin Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3, accompanying Ballet Austin’s performance of Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. He has presented sessions at national conferences of the American String Teachers’ Association and Music Teachers’ National Association, and his writings on musical topics have been published in American Music Teacher, American String Teacher, American Suzuki Journal and Keyboard (now Clavier) Companion. He was named this past June as the 2013 Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers’ Association.
This event is free and open to the public.