Hiker picked for Utah’s hot seat

Hiker picked for Utah’s hot seat


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2015

There has been discomfort in Salt Lake City since music director Thierry Fischer displaced Ralph Matson from the concertmaster’s seat after 30 years’ service.

Fischer has now appointed Madeline Adkins, associate concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony, as Utah’s new #1.

Adkins, 38, is a hiking enthusiast who has fostered more than 100 kittens (that’s what it says here.)

Ralph Matson, whom she won over on the open trail, will be her associate concertmaster.

Peace in Utah.

madeline adkins


  • Andrew Constantine says:

    Madeline is a fabulous violinist, musician and professional. This is a great appointment for all concerned.

    • Shenyeh says:

      She is an incredible violinist. I remember that she was also in the final for a titled position in LA Phil several years ago. Congratulations!

    • David Gargaro says:

      Madeline is the real deal; the Baltimore Symphony will miss her but what wonderful news for Utah!

  • FreddyNYC says:

    From an interview posted on YT she seems pleasant and personable, which should make this new “arrangement” less awkward….

  • NYMike says:

    The clips on her website leave no doubt she can play the fiddle.

  • bratschegirl says:

    (Pssst – you’ve mis-spelled her name the first time. “Adkins” is correct.)