Madeline Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as Concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), performing as Associate Concertmaster from 2005-2016, and Assistant Concertmaster from 2000-2005. She was also concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra from 2008-2016. Beginning in the 2018-2019 season, Adkins will be the Music Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series, in its 41st season in Salt Lake City, UT.
A sought-after soloist, Adkins has appeared with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Africa, and 20 US states, including over 25 works as soloist with the BSO. Her CD of the complete works for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn with pianist Luis Magalhães on the TwoPianists label was released to critical acclaim in late 2016. American Record Guide notes that Adkins and Magalhães are "ardent and spontaneous" and "their fierce coordination is breathtaking." Additional discography includes 13 recordings with the Baltimore Symphony, where she was a featured soloist on the Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 + 4, six discs with the Utah Symphony, including Mahler 8 and the complete symphonies of Saint-Saens, and recordings with Boston Baroque, Armonia Celeste, and the Adkins String Ensemble.
Adkins has performed as guest concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, where she was featured in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. She has been a guest artist at numerous summer festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, 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 and coach at the National Orchestral Institute and the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
She 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).
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. Additionally, she was featured on the BSO's subscription series as the leader of five different progams of baroque music, and as a host on the Casual Series.
The daughter of noted musicologists, Adkins is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are professional musicians. She received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from 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, Madeline is passionate about animal rescue and has fostered over 100 kittens.