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2017-2018 Season

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                                                         181 NW Highland Drive

                                                         Seattle WA  98177

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September 17, 2017

October 15, 2017

January 14, 2018

February 11, 2018

March 25, 2018

April 29, 2018

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Efe Baltacigil, Cello

Benjamin Hochman, Piano

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 5 PM

Efe Baltacigil is Principal Cello for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and former Associate Principle Cello, Philadelphia Orchestra. Recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2006, Mr. Baltacigil has been a featured soloist under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle with the Berliner Philarmoniker; performed in sextet with ltzhak Perlman, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jessica Thompson at Carnegie Hall; and was named String Player of the Year in Turkey, 2013. Baltacigil has also received the Peter Jay Sharp Prize, the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, and first prize in concerto competitions of Istanbul and New York, as well as the Allentown Schadt String Competition, and was winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists Internat ional Auditions. Mr. Baltacigil performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

Described by The New York Times as a "gifted, fast-rising artist," Benjamin Hochman, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, made his New York recital debut in 2006 and has since performed with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the New York String Orchestra; Prague Philharmonia; Istanbul State Orchestra; and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. He has released recordings on the Artek, Bridge, and Avie labels and is a sought-after collaborator and festival performer. Mr. Hochman is a Steinway Artist based in New York City.



Stephen Beus, Piano

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 5 PM

Joining the concert series once again is virtuoso pianist Stephen Beus. A prodigy, Mr. Bues began piano study at age five and made his orchestral debut at age nine. Unsurprisingly, what followed has been a continual and successful foray into the classical music world of individual competition and international performance. The Chapel Concert Series is honored to welcome Mr. Beus for his third encore performance.

In the space of four months, Steinway Artist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon), and was awarded the Max l. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Commenting on Mr. Beus' competition success, Fanfare magazine wrote: "In some ways Beus doesn't fit the mold of the typical competition winner. His playing is strikingly original and ... he has an interpretive voice all his own ... Above all, his playing is so natural as to seem effortless and the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else's."

As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, Mr. Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and James De Preist, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, and has since performed with orchestras across Europe and the United States. As recitalist he has appeared in Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot (Paris), Merkin Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Beijing' a Central Conservatory, Teatro San Carlo (Naples ), Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the Queluz Palace (Lisbon), and has performed for the Dame Myra Hess and Fazioli Salon series, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC), and across the United States as well as in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, China, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Morocco. He holds degrees from Whitman College, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University and his teachers have included Leonard Richter, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl, and Paulette Richards. Mr. Beus has recorded on Endeavor Classics, Harmonia Mundi, and Centaur Records labels.



Maksim Shtrykov, Clarinet

Misuzu Tanaka, Piano

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 5 PM

In 2012, two critica lly acclaimed solo artists, clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka began touring as the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo, bringing the rich repertoire of these instruments to audiences throughout the United States.

Since his orchestra debut at age 14, Julliard graduate Maksim Shtrykov has appeared as a regular guest soloist with both the Belarusian State Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras. He is a first prize winner of the Belarus National Woodwind Competition and a prizewinner of Dymtro Bida International Woodwind Competition in Ukraine. Mr. Shtrykov is also a two-time recipient of the Presidents' Foundation Award "Young Talents of Belarus" and has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in such major halls as the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Belarusian State Philharmonic, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Miller Theatre at the Columbia University, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. As recipient of the Artists International New York Debut Award, Mr. Shtrykov presented his solo debut recital at Carnegie's Weill Hall in April 2007.

Hailed by international press as a pianist "who dispatched everything with both dizzying speed and sensitivity" (Today's Zaman, Turkey) and for her "exceptionally high technical level" (General-Anzeiger Bonn, Germany), Misuzu Tanaka has established herself as an artist of remarkable individuality with a rare combination of poetic sensitivity and breathtaking virtuosity. She has performed in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Mozart's Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague to Alice Tully Hall in New York. In addition to her solo career, Ms Tanaka, an avid small-ensemble collaborator, has joined forces with prominent artists including James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet), members of the National Symphony Orchestra, and regularly with Mr. Shtrykov.  


Kristin Lee, Violin

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 5 PM

"It's not often that one attends a concert and hears a young virtuoso--not in the making but fully realized--as a master. Violinist Kristin Lee was simply spectacular. This is a violinist who has everything superlative technique..., interpretive mastery, and incredible sensitivity to the various styles of music she was performing. Lee was in full possession of the skills required to colorize the violin tone to create the widest possible gamut of expression... Listening to her, I was reminded of the young Isaac Stern. In a word, the recital was flawless. This is a violinist with a brilliant future." The Advocate

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists' 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. Lee has appeared as soloist with top orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and in recitals on many of the world's finest stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Phillips Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre Museum, Korea's Kumho Art Gallery, and the Ravinia Festival.

An accomplished chamber musician, Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has appeared at Music@Menlo, La Jolla Festival, Medellin Festicamara of Colombia, and the Sarasota Music Festival, among others. She is a principal artist with Camerata Pacifica, sitting as The Bern ard Gondos Chair, and is concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble, with whom she premiered Vivian Fung's Violin Concerto, written for her, which appears on Fung's CD Dreamscapes (Naxos) and won the 2013 Juno Award. Born in Seoul, Lee began violin at age five and within one year won First Prize at the Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the US to continue studies under Sonja Foster and in 1997 entered The Juilliard School's Pre-College. ltzhak Perlman, after hearing her perform with the Pre-College Symphony, chose her as a student in 2000. Lee holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School, is a faculty member of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and the co-founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music.


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Curtis on Tour


Jordan Dodson Guitar, and Wanchi, Violin

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 5 PM

Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, one of America's leading conservatories, continues a tradition of student promotion through its annual tour. We are pleased to welcome multiaward winning classical guitarist Jordan Dodson, a graduate of Curtis Institute, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati Conservatory. Mr. Dodson, who has been hailed by Performance Today as "one of the top...guitarists of his generation," has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally, including works by Lewis Nielson, Elliot Cole, Robert Sirota, and Gabriella Smith. Mr. Dodson's recent performance and teaching schedule has taken him across the U.S. and abroad to venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York City), Roulette (Brooklyn), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museo Nacional de Colombia (Bogota),

Accompanying Mr. Dodson is violinist and recording artist, Wanchi. A Curtis and Julliard Graduate, Wanchi began violin at age six and made her orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony at fourteen. Her CDs of Eugene Ysaye Sonatas and complete Partitas and Sonatas of J .S. Bach for Solo Violin were released in the fall of 2013 and 2015, respectively, under the Centaur Records label. Her next recording, the music of Benjamin Brittan and William Walton for Violin and Piano, is to be recorded by Centaur Records in spring 2018. Recent performance venues include the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.



Natasha Bazhanov, Violin; Allison Farkas, Viola;

Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Cello; Elisa Barston, Violin

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 5 PM

Seattle Symphony Orchestra Principal Second Violin Elisa Barston, Violinist Nathssha Bazhanov, Violist Allison Farkas, and Assistant Principal Cello Meeka Quan DiLornezo, will close our season with a thrilling program to include the Haydn Lark Quartet, Schubert String Trio 471, and the show-stopping violin and cello duet, Handel Halvorsen Passacaglia, featuring Ms. Barston and Ms. Quan DiLorenzo.

Jean E. McTavish Principal Second Violin, Elisa Barston, was first prize winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Taipai, and St. Louis symphony orchestras, among many others. At the reguest of Sir Menuhin, she debuted with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Natasha Bazhanov began violin study at age 5 and made her solo debut with the Ural State Philharmonic at age 9. She was later invited to Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory and has toured extensively throughout Europe, taking part in festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Evian, Bonn, and Schloss Ort.

Manhattan School of Music and Julliard graduate Allison Farkas, former member of both the San Antonio Symphony and Lyric Opera, now appears regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera and is a sought after chamber performer. Appearances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and San Luis Obispo Mozart festivals.

Before joining the Seattle Symphony as Assistant Principal, prizewinning cellist Meeka Quan DiLorenzo held the title of Associate Principal Cello of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she has performed with the Juilliard and Cleveland quartets, and at distinguished festivals such as Aspen, Ravinia, Taos, Kingston, Sun Valley, and Kneisel Hall.


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