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Bio

 

Noted for his passionate and expressive playing, Dr. Adam Riggs is an avid chamber musician, teacher, and performer.  He has performed and attended music festivals across Canada, the United States and in Italy.  His role as Manager of Life/Art Dance Ensemble, a Denver-based non-profit, has allowed him to simultaneously utilize his talents for artist management, publicity, graphic design, photography, and cello performance.  He was responsible for introducing the dance company to composers Russell Podgorsek and Chris Seal, who created works for cello that Adam premiered with Life/Art Dance Ensemble.  Combining his love of chamber music with working with dancers, he was responsible for the addition of live chamber music to the dance company’s performances.  In 2014, he wrote, performed, recorded and produced a 60 second aural dance for Life/Art which was aired on Colorado Public Radio’s “Radio Dances.”   In May 2016 he was a guest soloist for Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35 Anniversary concert at Chicago Symphony Center.  

An avid teacher, Adam recently completing his Suzuki Teacher Training with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver and also completed his Suzuki Book 1 teacher training with Rick Mooney at the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute.  He serves on the board of the Suzuki Association of Colorado and began teaching at Rockley Music in Lakewood in 2016.  Previously he has taught at the continuing education department at the University of Colorado, and at Parlando School of Musical Arts.  For the past 5 summers, he has coached chamber music at University of Colorado’s Summer Music Academy program and teaches privately in Denver and Boulder, Colorado.   

Adam began his cello studies at age 4 and, from a very early age, 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.

A devoted chamber musician he has performed and worked with members of the Takacs, St. Lawrence, Emerson, Juilliard, Tokyo and Penderecki String Quartets.  In 2016 he co-founded "Cellorado," a cello quartet and "Pyxis Reckon," a string trio both based in the greater Denver area.  He is currently assistant principal of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic.  

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. 1-20, 28, 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