Primary Contact:
Amir Eldan

Administrative Assistant:
Cindy Shairba

Division Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8198
Fax: (440) 775-8942

Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins

Associate Professor of Cello
(On Leave Spring 2017)

Associate Professor of Cello

Associate Professor of Cello Darrett Adkins feels he best serves his students by maintaining his own vibrant performing career, staying intimately connected to what it's like to be on stage.

Contact Information


Bibbins Hall 306
(440) 775-8256

Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins

Photo by Wendy Stulberg ’90

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College, 1991
  • Master of Music, Rice University, 1993
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Juilliard School, 2000

Presser Music Award. Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award.

Solo Performances:
Soloist with Tochio Soloisten, the North Carolina Symphony, the New Hampshire Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Tokyo Philharmonic, and National Symphony of Brazil, among others. With the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: 1999 American premiere of Franco Donatoni's cello concerto Un Ruisseau sur l'Escalier, 1990 premiere, Birtwistle's Meridian. Professional debut at the Aspen Music Festival: Pierre Boulez' Messagesquisse, James Conlon, conductor (2002). “Cellist of honor" at the 2002 International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro. Collaborations with Ornette Coleman, David Baron '90.

Chamber Music Performances:
Member, the Zephyr Trio, with flutist Jeanne Galway and pianist Jonathan Feldman. Member, Flux String Quartet (1997-02).

Morton Feldman's six-hour String Quartet No. 2, with the Flux String Quartet, on the Mode label. Recorded for the RCA, Tzadik, Koch, MMC, CRI, and Cold Blue labels as a chamber musician.

Teaching Background:
Faculty, the Juilliard School (1999-). Cello faculty, co-director string chamber music program, Aspen Music Festival and School.