The Seattle Symphony presents its first-ever Piano Competition, September 15–18 at Benaroya Hall. One of the seven judges will be Seattle Symphony Principal Cello, Efe Baltacıgil. We asked Efe about his advice for young artists, suggestions for what they should do while they're in town and what it's like to be judging rather than performing. More information about tickets, contestants and judges can be found here.
Having been on both sides, I can easily say that it is so much easier to judge than perform. Therefore, I take my hat off to all the musicians!
This is a good and fresh opportunity to find your own unpolluted interpretation of a brand new work. I always enjoy finding new details and connections, both within the new work, and also discovering what other composers, recent and past, may have influenced them.
Winning and losing are both equally ephemeral, for sure. What stays out there is your accumulation of the experience, so enjoy!
Pike Place Market, around the corner from our beautiful Benaroya Hall, is fantastic for good food and great sunsets with the Olympics as a backdrop.
Posted on August 12, 2015READ MORE BEYOND THE STAGE