Guest Artists

Artist's Discipline: Violin

After 31 years as Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., Elisabeth Adkins joined the Texas Christian University faculty in 2014. She serves as Professor of Violin at TCU and Concertmaster of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as concerto soloist for the Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Maryland Symphony and Seattle Symphony, as well as numerous appearances with the National Symphony. She has performed concertos with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and the TCU Symphony, both under the direction of Germán Gutiérrez, and with the Corpus Christi Symphony and the Sherman Symphony. She performs in recital with her husband, pianist Edward Newman; the duo has presented concerts at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery, and was featured as the inaugural program of public radio’s Front Row Washington. The Adkins/Newman Duo are in residence at the Wintergreen Summer Festival and Academy. A noted teacher and chamber music coach, Dr. Adkins gives master classes and clinics, and is in demand for her expertise in preparing musicians for professional orchestra auditions.

Artist's Discipline: Guitar

Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Turkish-American guitarist Dr. Celil Refik Kaya has received high promised repetitions and accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age, being the youngest to win First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic; prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States, highlighted awards winner at top competitions such as 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Indiana International Guitar Competititon, Boston Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, and Philadelphia Guitar Competition. In 2017 he was awarded “Rising Young Musician of the Year” by the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul. Dr. Kaya’s first recording, Jorge Morel Guitar Music, has been critically acclaimed by American Record Guide as ‘the performances are just perfect—he doesn’t try to make the music more than it is, but he does realize the real heart in these pieces.”  Kaya has also recorded the works by Carlo Domeniconi and Agustin Barrios Mangore for Naxos Records and has been invited for more projects in the future.

 Dr. Kaya appears as a soloist and international artist touring around the United States and Turkey. As a concert soloist, he has collaborated with professional orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, Istanbul State Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Bilkent Symphony and many others and has gained his great artistic recognition internationally. He has also conducted many masterclasses in music festivals and universities throughout the United States and Turkey.

 Dr. Kaya has presented the premieres of concertos by Roberto Sierra (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra), Derwyn Holder (New Jersey Baroque Orchestra), Leonard Handler, and Suleyman Alnitemiz (Istanbul State Symphony). As a performer Kaya works closely with our generation’s great composers including Lowell Liebermann, Jorge Morel, and Roberto Sierra, among many others.

Dr. Kaya performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States including solo recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses on the D’Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, The Frick Collection Museum in NYC Summer Artists series, New York Guitar Seminar Festival at Mannes College, Round Top Festival in Texas, Brevard Music Festival, Raritan River Music Festival and Ankara International Music Festival, also numerous Radio broadcast and concert performances throughout United States and Turkey. 

 Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Kaya began his interest in classical guitar at the age of 6 with his father, Dr. Mehmet Refik Kaya. Early primary instructors included generation-influenced educators such as Yusuf Doğan Büyüköğüt, Raffi Arslanyan, and Soner Egesel. When he was 19, Kaya earned his Bachelor Degree of Music from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with the Highest Honor Degree in Istanbul, and was granted the “Excellence” Scholarship from the Turkish Educational Foundation. During his Bachelor’s degree he studied composition with the famous Turkish composer Mehmet Nemutlu.

Dr. Kaya expanded his worldwide notice throughout the time he pursued his Master Degree of music in New York City at Mannes School of Music. As a full-scholarship student, he has also received the Excellence in Performance Awards by the Mannes College the New School for Music. Kaya studied in the studio of Michael Newman and privately with Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin. He studied composition in the United States with Frederic Hand and Donald Grantham.

 Besides a concert soloist, Kaya is also known as an avid composer where he has more than 100 pieces including works for orchestra, solo guitar, violin, piano, string trio, duets and many others. His chamber and instrumental works were performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and Sydney’s Opera House. His selected works were published by Les Productions d’Oz in Canada and FDPublications in the United States.

 Dr. Kaya in year 2017-28 was the only the third recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks –Early Career Musician Fellowship as well as the recipient of Harrington Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin under the study of renowned guitarist Adam Holzman.

Artist's Discipline: Soprano

Soprano Nicole Van Every maintains a rigorous performance schedule across the globe. Her distinctive warm timbre has been hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears” (The City Sentinel). Her most recent engagements include: Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation with the Haydn Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria; Beethoven’s Mass in C and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse for nationally broadcast performances at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna; the Polish premiere of Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the Legnica Symphony Orchestra; Carmina Burana with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic; Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Fort Smith Symphony; the title roles in La Traviata and Tosca with Painted Sky Opera; Sempre Libera with Brava! Opera Theater and the James M. Collier Young Artist Program; Prayer at the International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece; and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum with the Filharmonia Gorzówska in Poland. She will return to Europe in the summer of 2021 for performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Symphony No. 9 and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Ms. Van Every is the winner of the 2020 Berkeley, California, Community Chorus & Orchestra Soloist award; she will join them for a Bruckner Te Deum performance in the near future. She is also a winner of the 2019 American Prize in Oratorio Performance, a past Regionals Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, winner of the Classical Singer Magazine summer competition, and graduate division winner at the NATS regionals in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She has performed in concert for personalities such as renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, former United States Attorney General John Ashcroft, The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, and America’s Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd. She currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma. Visit her website at

Artist's Discipline: Baritone

Known for having “a beautiful quality to his baritone voice,” Will Hughes has sung on a variety of stages including The Dallas Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, the Meyerson Center, stages throughout Romania, and with orchestras including the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has sung and covered roles in La bohème (Schaunard), Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin), Doctor Atomic (Jack Hubbard), Madama Butterfly (Yamadori), Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga), The Consul (John Sorel), Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), and the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. He has also been featured in scenes from Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff), Iphigénie en Tauride (Oreste), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), La bohème (Marcello), and Gianni Schicchi where he “was excellent in the title role, completely convincing as the wily manipulator.”


Will is also adept on the concert stage having recently sung the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah with the Chicago Bar Symphony and the title role in a staged production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas. His other concert work includes the baritone solos in McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata and the requiems of Brahms, Duruflé and Fauré: the latter of which he sang under the direction of Maestro John Rutter along with the baritone solo in the composer’s Mass of the Children. Will earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Wheaton College and Westminster Choir College respectively.

Artist's Discipline: Piano

Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” American pianist Daniel Hsu is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship. He captured the bronze medal and prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and is also a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, first prize winner of the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, and bronze medalist of the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel Hsu began taking piano lessons at age 6 with Larisa Kagan. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 10, along with his two older siblings. Since then, he has made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra (2016) and Carnegie Hall (2017) as part of the CAG Winners Series at Weill Recital Hall. He has appeared in recitals at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as well as in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Pittsburgh, and New York. A sensitive and keen collaborator, Daniel has performed with the Tokyo, North Carolina, Grand Rapids, Anchorage, New Haven, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, working alongside conductors Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan, Cristian Măcelaru, Ruth Reinhardt, Marcelo Lehninger, Eugene Tzigane, and Stilian Kirov.

Recent and upcoming highlights include his debuts with the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu, Eugene Symphony with Francesco Lecce-Chong, and Jacksonville Symphony with Courtney Lewis; chamber tours with Curtis-on-Tour (Europe) and the Verona Quartet (United States); and recitals across the United States and Japan. His Boston debut recital in spring 2019 was hailed as a “powerful, thoughtful, and sensitive program… this deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning mastery of technical difficulties” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

Daniel’s chamber music performance with the Brentano String Quartet at the Cliburn Competition earned him the Steven de Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music. The Dallas Morning News praised “his impassioned, eloquently detailed Franck Quintet,” proclaiming it to be “a boldly molded account, with a natural feeling for the rise and fall of intensity, the give and take of rubato. Both he and the Brentano seemed to be channeling the same life force.” He regularly tours the United States with the Verona Quartet and in duo piano with his brother, Andrew, and appears frequently in chamber music festivals.

Decca Gold released Daniel’s first album featuring live recordings from the Cliburn Competition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, op. 110, as well as his award-winning performance of Marc-André Hamelin’s Toccata on “L’homme armé.” He has also been featured in interviews and performances for WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, and Colorado Public Radio, and was profiled as one to watch by International Piano magazine.