Italian Masters

Viva Italia! If you enjoy the bright sparkle of Vivaldi, come marvel at other hidden gems from the sun-drenched boot of southern Europe, a land of sensuous operas, fiery violinists and limitless jubilation in its crowd-pleasing music.

Dates and Tickets

  • 5 May (Fri) 2017 8:00PM
  • 7 May (Sun) 2017 2:00PM
  • 6 May (Sat) 2017 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Presented 1 hour prior to performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 28 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Dmitry Sinkovsky

Conductor and Violin and Countertenor

Born in Moscow, Dmitry Sinkovsky attended the city’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studying with Professor Alexander Kirov from 2001-2005. Combining his studies with tours to Europe, Dmitry also undertook baroque violin lessons with early music pioneer Maria Leonhardt. Since graduating Dmitry has regularly been invited to lead from the violin and to perform as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles such as Il Complesso barocco (Italy), Concerto Koln (Germany), Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Finland) and more.

Artur Girsky

Second Violin

Born in Riga, Latvia, into a family of violinists, Artur Girsky began playing violin at age 5.

Mae Lin

First Violin

Mae Lin joined the Seattle Symphony in 2008 as a member of the second violin section. Having grown up in Bellevue, she was very excited to return home to join her hometown symphony.

Natasha Bazhanov

Second Violin

Born in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Natasha Bazhanov began playing violin at the age of 5. 

Mikhail Shmidt

First Violin

Born in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail Shmidt began his musical education at age 5 and won the Concertino Prague at age 14.

Efe Baltacıgil


Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003.

Meeka Quan DiLorenzo


Before joining the Seattle Symphony in 2009, Assistant Principal Cello Meeka Quan DiLorenzo held the title of Associate Principal Cello of the Utah Symphony for five seasons.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Georg Philipp Telemann

Concerto Grosso in B-flat major

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Concerto for Four Violins and Cello in B minor

Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 1

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor

Francesco Geminiani

Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor, Op. 5, No. 2 “La Follia"

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

“Gelido in ogni vena”


Efe Baltacigil’s performances are generously underwritten by Patricia and Jon Rosen through the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Musicians Circle.