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About


Bio

 

Noted for his passionate and expressive playing, Dr. Adam Riggs is an avid chamber musician, teacher, and performer.  He has performed at music festivals across Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Czech Republic.  In addition to being the principal cellist of Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Adam is also a member of Boulder's Green Room Artists and performs on occasion with the Boulder Philharmonic, as well as with Colorado-based dance company, Life/Art Dance Ensemble. In 2014, he wrote, performed, recorded and produced a 60 second aural dance for Life/Art that was aired on Colorado Public Radio’s “Radio Dances.” In May 2016 he was a guest soloist for the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35th Anniversary concert at the Chicago Symphony Center.  Most recently, Adam created and produced the inaugural Colorado Cello Summit, an event geared towards strengthening and connecting Colorado’s cello community.

An avid teacher, Adam completed his Suzuki Teacher Training in 2016 with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver and Rick Mooney at the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute.  He currently teaches at Rockley Music in Lakewood and Silver Strings Academy in Westminster, while maintaining a robust private studio in Arvada.  Previously, he has taught for the continuing education department at the University of Colorado, at Parlando School of Musical Arts, and coached chamber music at the University of Colorado’s Summer Music Academy program. Adam also serves on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of Colorado.

 

Adam began his cello studies at the age of four, and soon became a regular award winner at local and provincial competitions. He competed at the national level during his high school years before continuing his musical studies at University.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Honours Performance Degree and a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), a Master of Music Performance degree from The Hartt School (Connecticut), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Colorado Boulder.  His principal teachers include Sally Gross, Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, Mihai Tetel and Judith Glyde.  He has also studied with András Fejér, Thomas Heinrich, Aldo Parisot and Shauna Rolston. Adam has also performed and worked with members of the Takacs, St. Lawrence, Emerson, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Penderecki String Quartets. 

 

In addition to his musical endeavors, Adam is owner and photographer at AR Pictures (http://www.adamriggspictures.com), and resides in Denver with his wife, Jessica.  

 
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Performance


Performance


 

REPERTOIRE

Concertos

  •   Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  •   Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Hob. VIIb/1
  •   Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2
  •   Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor
  •   Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  •   Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 33
  •   Boccherini (Friedrich Grützmacher version) Cello Concerto in B-flat Major, G.482
  •   J.C. Bach Cello Concerto in C minor, CW YC98
  •   Tchaikovsky “Rococo” Variations, Op. 33
  •   Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Cellos in G Minor RV 531

Sonatas

  •   Rachmaninov Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 19
  •   Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 119
  •   Beethoven Cello Sonata’s Op 5 Nos. 1 and 2; Op. 69; Op 102. Nos. 1 and 2
  •   Beethoven 7 Variations on a theme from Mozarts’ “The Magic Flute” WoO 46
  •   Beethoven 12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’, Op.66
  •   Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op. 38
  •   Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 99
  •   Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Op. 40
  •   Britten Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 65
  •   Schubert “Arpeggione” Sonata D.821
  •   J.S. Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 BWV 1027 in G major
  •   J.S. Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 BWV 1028 in D major
  •   Boccherini Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, G. 4
  •   Vivaldi Sonata IX RV. 39
  •   Valentini Sonata in E major
  •   Mendelssohn Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 58

Pieces with Piano

  •   Bruch “Kol Nidre”
  •   Piazzolla “Le Grand Tango”
  •   Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso Op. 62
  •   Van Goens Scherzo, Op. 12
  •   Martinu Variations on a theme by Rossini
  •   Schumann Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
  •   Schumann Adagio and Allegro for Horn (cello) and Piano Op. 70
  •   Faurè: Pie Jesu

Solo Cello

  •   J.S. Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV. 1007-1012
  •   Mark O’Conner: Appalachian Waltz
  •   Hindemith Sonata for Violoncello solo Op. 25. No.3
  •   Reger Suite No. 1 in G major Op. 131c - Fugue
  •   Cassado Suite for Solo Cello
  •   Braun 5 Suites for Unnacompanied Cello (1740)

Etudes

  •   Popper Etudes Nos. 1-29, 33, 34

Chamber Music

Duos

  •   Podgorsek, Reversal of Fortune (2012)
  •   Handel-Halverson Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
  •   Villa Lobus, The Jet Whistle W493

Piano Trios

  •   Babajanian Piano Trio in F# minor
  •   Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 121a “Kakadu Variations”
  •   Dvorak Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
  •   Brahms Piano Trio in B Major Op. 8
  •   Beethoven Piano Trio Op.70 No.1 “The Ghost”
  •   Seal, Like A Memory (2014)

String Quartets

  •   Brahms String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1
  •   Debussy String Quartet
  •   Ravel String Quartet
  •   Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13
  •   Dvorak String Quartet in F major Op. 96 “The American”
  •   Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 No.1
  •   Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 No.3
  •   Beethoven String Quartet Op. 74
  •   Mozart String Quartet K465 “The Dissonance”
  •   Mozart String Quartet K575
  •   Mozart String Quartet K589
  •   Shostakovich String Quartet No. 7 in f-sharp minor Op. 108
  •   Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in d minor D.810 “Death and the Maiden”
  •   Haydn String Quartet Op. 74 No.3
  •   Britten 3 Divertimenti for String Quartet
  •   Danzi Quartet for Bassoon and String Trio Op. 40 No. 3

Piano Quartets

  •   Brahms Piano Quartet Op.25

Piano Quintets

  •   Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor  Op. 34
  •   Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Op. 44

String Quintets

  •   Dvorak String Quintet in G major, Op.77
  •   Schubert String Quintet in C major D.956
  •   Brahms Viola Quintet Op. 111
  •   Mozart Viola Quintet K.174
  •   Boccherini Guitar Quintet G451
  •   Boccherini Guitar Quintet “Fandango” G488 

Sextets

  •   Brahms Sextet No.1 Op. 18
  •   Brahms Sextet No. 2 Op. 36
  •   Beethoven Sextet in E-flat major for 2 horns and String Quartet, Op 81b

Large Chamber Ensemble Works

  •   Bach Coffee Cantata BWV 211
  •   Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20
  •   William Bolcom Orphee Serenade
  •   Joseph Schwantner’s Sparrows
  •   Golijov Night of the Flying Horses
  •   Golijov Lúa Descolorida
  •   Golijov How Slow the Wind 
  •   Françaix Divertissement for Bassoon and Quintet