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Efe Baltacigil, Noah Geller, Jose Franch-Ballester, and Benjamin Hochman

Friday, March 7, 2025, 7:30 pm
Efe Baltacigil, Principal Cello
Efe Baltacigil, Principal Cello
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Efe Baltacigil, the Marks Family Foundation Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Turkey’s String Player of the Year, 2013, and awardee of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, is lauded for his risk-taking, passionate performances that immediately capture the heart and imagination.

Recipient of the Peter Jay Sharp Prize, Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, and a first prize awardee in concerto competitions of Istanbul, New York, and the Pennsylvania Schadt String Competition, Baltacigil experienced early acclaim as winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He later served as Associate Principal Cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra before joining the Seattle Symphony as Principal Cello.

Efe, his wife, attorney Heather MacClintock, and daughter Ada reside in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.

Noah Geller, Concertmaster
Noah Geller, Concertmaster
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Noah Geller is the David and Amy Fulton Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Named to that post at the conclusion of a multi-year search, Mr. Geller is among a small cadre of elite violinists who serve as both leaders and featured performers for the nation’s acclaimed orchestras.

As of this engagement, recent concerto performances with the Seattle Symphony will include the Brahms Double Concerto with Principal Cello Efe Baltacigil in October 2024, and, in May 2024, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 coupled with J.S. Bach’s Concerto for two violins, performed with Principal Second Violin Elisa Barston. Mr. Geller has previously brought to life Saint-Saëns la muse et le poète double concerto with Efe Baltacigil; the Bartók No. 2, Glazunov, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams violin concerti; and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony. An avid supporter of modern makers, Mr. Geller performs on a commissioned violin by Philadelphia luthier Justin Hess.

Noah resides with his wife, percussionist Mari Yoshinaga, and their canine companion Monkey in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.

Mr. Geller and Mr. Baltacigil’s guests for the evening are the internationally known clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and the multi-award-winning pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman.

Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet
Univ. of British Columbia

The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (FrAHnk Bai-yess-TAIR) is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber musicians of his generation. He has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (The New York Times), “rich, resonant tone” (Birmingham News), and “subtle and consummate artistry” (Santa Barbara Independent).

The recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, and winner of both the Young Concert Artists and Astral Artists auditions, he is a musician in great demand, with solo and chamber appearances spanning the Americas, Europe, and East Asia. Born in Moncofa, Spain into a family of clarinetists and Zarzuela singers, he is the founder of Jose Franch-Ballester & i amics (and friends), a series of concerts in which young musicians from all over the world are presented in Moncofa and throughout the Valencia area.

A graduate of Joaquin Rodrigo Music Conservatory in Valencia and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Mr. Franch-Ballester is a Bakun artist.

Benjamin Hochman, piano
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Berlin, DE

Pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman‘s recording for Avie Records, in which he performs and conducts the Mozart piano concerti no.s 17 and 24 with the English Chamber Orchestra, exemplifies the elegance and musical sensitivity that has propelled his career as a concerto soloist, recording artist, chamber collaborator, recitalist, and conductor across Europe and the United States.

Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Hochman is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, among them the Partosh Prize by the Israeli Minister of Culture, the Outstanding Pianist citation at the Verbier Academy, and the Festorazzi Award from the Curtis Institute of Music. His recording Variations with Avie Records was selected by The New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2015. Since his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic, Hochman has enjoyed an international performing career, appearing as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras.

www.benjaminhochman.com

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