Madeline Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as Concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this, she served as Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2005, and Assistant Concertmaster of the BSO from 2000-2005.
Adkins has served as guest concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, 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.
A sought-after soloist, Adkins has appeared with orchestras in 15 US states, Europe, Asia, and Africa. During her time with the BSO, she was featured semi-annually and has performed over 25 works with that orchestra. 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 August, 2016. She subsequently embarked on a concert tour of South Africa to celebrate the disc's release.
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. With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Adkins appeared as conductor and soloist in several baroque programs of her own design, as well as hosting concerts on the Casual Series.
The daughter of noted musicologists, Adkins is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are professional musicians. The siblings, who included titled players in the National, Dallas, and Houston symphonies, joined together to form the Adkins String Ensemble. She performed on viola and violin with this unique chamber ensemble for over 15 years, and the group has made numerous recordings, including Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.
Adkins received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from the 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.
Adkins performs on a 1753 Guadagnini graciously loaned to her by conductor Marin Alsop. When not on stage, Madeline is passionate about animal rescue and has fostered over 100 kittens.
Violinist Kathryn Eberle is the Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. Previously Ms. Eberle was a violinist with the St. Louis Symphony and served as Guest Concertmaster with the Richmond and Omaha Symphonies. She served extensively as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, including the ensemble’s tour of China as well as performances in Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and CarnegieHalls.
Ms. Eberle made her solo subscription series debut with the Utah Symphony in April 2014 performing Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade. The Salt Lake Tribune described her performance as, “marrying unimpeachable technical skill with a persuasive and perceptive voice.” Other solo performances include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and the Bahia Symphony in Brazil.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Eberle has collaborated with such artists as Edgar Meyer, Jaime Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Ricardo Morales, and members of the New York Philharmonic. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Banff, Yellow Barn, Encore School for Strings, Missillac, Sewanee, Laguna Beach, Innsbrook and Festival Mozaic. She is currently presenting all of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with pianist Jason Hardink on the Nova Chamber Music Series in Salt Lake City.
Ms. Eberle received a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School studying with Sylvia Rosenberg. She previously studied with Robert Lipsett both at the Colburn School and the University of Southern California where she received the String Department and Symphony awards upon graduation. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she was a pre-college student of Cornelia Heard at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. She performs on a J.B. Vuillaume violin made in 1870.
The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Chair, in honor of Wendell J. and Belva B. Ashton
Ralph Matson was appointed Utah Symphony Concertmaster in 1985. He began his violin studies in Detroit with Emily Mutter Austin. Mr. Matson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and a master's degree from the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers were Joseph Silverstein and Steven Staryk. He was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and prior to his Utah Symphony appointment, was Assistant Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Mr. Matson's solo appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Utah Symphony include collaborations with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart, and Pavel Kogan. Since 1996, he has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival where he is Concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra.
DAVID H. PARK, ‘a soloist with extraordinary artistic gifts’, (Salt Lake Tribune) started playing the violin at the age of five in Seoul, Korea. Park has studied with two of the most distinguished pedagogues, Josef Gingold and Dorothy Delay. He received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Indiana and Master of Music at the Juilliard School. At the age of 14, he was one of the last students of the legendary Jascha Heifetz.
Park maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. Park appeared as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Festival Orchestra, the Korean Chamber Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Daegu Symphony, the Inchon Symphony and the Santa Ana Symphony. Park has given recitals in many of the world's great concert halls including Carnegie Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Sejong Music Center in Seoul. Park has also performed on national television and radio broadcasts in the United States, France and Korea. Recently, he has been featured on CBS 2 News and FOX 13 News. Furthermore, Park has participated as both soloist and chamber musician in music festivals of Aspen, Santa Barbara, Vienna, and Aix-en-Provence.
Some of Park's highlights include his first return to Seoul, Korea, performing the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the Seoul Philharmonic. Park made his New York debut performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Carnegie Weill Hall. Park performed both solo and chamber music in collaboration with Augustin Dumay in France which was broadcasted nationally by France Musique, the premier classical radio station in France. In 2004, Park soloed with the Pyongyang State Orchestra of North Korea in a highly anticipated Cultural Exchange Gala Concert. Recently, he performed with Roanoke Symphony, Crown City Symphony, Pan-Asia Symphony Orchestra in Hong Kong, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as a Guest Concertmaster. Furthermore, Park was invited to give a recital for Musique Au Coeur du Médoc concert series in Bordeaux, France, as well as International Music Festivals of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, Vianden, Luxembourg, and Sochi, Russia. He has presented rare series of concerts pairing Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu violins with critical acclaim.
Park is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony and an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Utah. In 2005, Park held a position of Distinguished Artist at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has served on the jury of the Irving M. Klein International Competition in San Francisco. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony, Park was the Concertmaster of the Festival International d'Art Lyrique de Musique d'Aix-en-Provence, Wintergreen Music Festival Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra working with such musicians as Myung whun Chung, Leonard Slatkin, Joseph Silverstein, John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Robert Mann, and Reinhart Goeble of Antiqua Cologne.
In 2011, Park’s passion for Bordeaux wines culminated in his induction as Commandeur d’Honneur for an exclusive wine society in Bordeaux, France, Commanderie du Bontemps de Medoc et des Graves Sauternes et Barsac. Some of its distinguished members are Prince Philip, Queen Paola of Belgium, Placido Domingo, Ben Kingsley, and Hugh Grant.
Acting Assistant Concertmaster
Alexander Martin joined the Utah Symphony in February 2011. He came to Salt Lake City from Miami Beach, Florida, where he was a member of the New World Symphony and appeared as concertmaster under the batons of Michael Tilson-Thomas and other conductors. He also has served as concertmaster of the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Terre Haute (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic.
Mr. Martin holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Alexander Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam, and with Paul Biss, the violinist, violist and conductor.
A chamber-music devotee and performer since grade school, Mr. Martin is a regularly featured artist in the Westminster Concert Series at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Reviewer Edward Reichel called his 2015 performance of Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, with pianist Karlyn Bond, “a magnificent presentation of one of the most technically challenging and significant violin works from the late 19th century.”
Mr. Martin has participated in many music festivals, including the Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland; the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; and the Schleswig-Holstein festival in Germany, where he was concertmaster of the chamber orchestra. In the United States, he has played at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and at the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was concertmaster of the festival orchestra under the baton of noted conductor Joseph Flummerfelt. Mr. Martin also served as principal second violin in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
In his spare time Mr. Martin enjoys reading string quartets, following the Washington Nationals, and playing his guitar. A longtime lover of heavy metal, he was featured in a Salt Lake Underground (SLUG) Magazine article discussing the surprising parallels between metal and classical music.
Originally from Paris, France, violinist Claude Halter moved to the United States in 2001 and has since been heard nationwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Claude completed his Bachelor and Masters of music from Lawrence University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively.
As an avid chamber musician, Claude has performed alongside artists such as Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio), Robert Mann (Juilliard String Quartet), faculty members of the San Francisco Conservatory and members of the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, and Utah symphonies. Claude is equally passionate about orchestral repertoire and has led many performances as concertmaster under great conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vaanska, Stephane Deneve and many others.
In January 2012, Claude joined the Utah Symphony and Opera as principal second violin. He was previously assistant concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony in British Columbia. When not in rehearsal, Claude enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing in the beautiful Wasatch mountain range.
Associate Principal Second
Violinist Wen Yuan Gu joined the Utah Symphony in 1998, became Associate Principal Second Violin in 1999, and serves as Acting Principal Second Violin for the 2007-08 season. She is a native of China, where as a child she studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and performed for Isaac Stern during his famous visit in 1979.
Ms. Gu moved to the United States to study at North Carolina School of the Arts and then to Pittsburgh to study with concertmaster Andres Cardenes (Pittsburgh Symphony) and to obtain her M.A. degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Between 1994 and 1998, She played with the orchestras of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. She has won numerous competitions, including fourth place in the Chinese National Competition in 1985 and first prize in the Hennessy Cognac Performing Arts Competition in New York in 1992. Her recent recitals include a 2006 performance in Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah, a 2006 performance in Zhaoqing, China, and a 2007 performance at Beijing University.
During the 2006-07 symphony season, She spent a sabbatical in Beijing to practice and study Chinese music and musical styles.
Violinist Karen Wyatt joined the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in 2013. Prior to joining the symphony, she performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2013. During her time with Pittsburgh Symphony, Karen toured nationally and internationally, and performed on many recordings. She also performed with the Baltimore Symphony and held a position with the Virginia Symphony.
Karen began her orchestral career with a 3 year fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas. During her fellowship at New World, Karen toured internationally and participated in a residency at the Opera Comique in Paris. She also performed as a principal musician with many notable conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Robert Spano and Itzhak Perlman.
Karen holds a Bachelors of Music and a Performer's Diploma in violin performance from Indiana University where she studied with Paul Biss. She has also studied with Pavel Pekarsky, Alexander Kerr and Jennifer Ross.
Karen especially enjoys performing chamber music, baroque music, and teaching. When not performing with the orchestra, Karen enjoys gardening and baking.
Associate Concertmaster Emeritus
Leonard Braus, a native of Cincinnati, began studying violin with James Stephenson at the age of 9, after his father, a chemist and community orchestra musician, realized he had a remarkable sensitivity to pitch. Two years later, he made his debut performing a Vivaldi Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony. It was in high school that Mr. Braus determined that playing the violin “was what I did best and what I enjoyed most,” and decided to become a professional musician.
He continued his studies at Indiana University, where he came under the guidance of eminent violinists Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold, whom he credits as having had the greatest influence on his musical development. Additionally, he has studied with Franco Gulli and Ivan Galamian. In 1976, Mr. Braus was a semifinalist in the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. The following year he was a finalist in the Young Artist Competition in Lansing, Michigan. He is also a former first prize winner in Cincinnati Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
From 1978 to 1981 Mr. Braus served as concertmaster for the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera Orchestra, and in 1980 and 1981, he acted in the same capacity for the Tulsa Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. For the past three decades, Mr. Braus has been Associate Concertmaster for the Utah Symphony. He has made numerous solo appearances with Utah Symphony and orchestras in Ohio, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Missouri. In addition to his position with the Utah Symphony, Mr. Braus was named Concertmaster of Salt Lake City’s LA East Recording Orchestra. He has also been the Concertmaster of the Opus Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Braus’ teaching experience includes assisting Professors Wronski and Gingold at Indiana University, faculty positions at Oklahoma State and DePauw Universities and currently he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah. He and Utah Symphony violinist Loi Anne Eyring have performed together as the Guarneri Duo.
Violinist Joseph Evans has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1996. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony, he was a member of the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His main teachers were Miriam Schneider, Mikhail Boguslavsky, and Arianna Bronne.
Joseph has played in several music festivals, including Tanglewood, Sarasota, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has been a frequent performer with the Nova chamber music series and the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble