This breakthrough string quartet from Beethoven foreshadows his Fifth Symphony in the same fateful key of C minor. Other works from Smetana, Schnittke and Kancheli reach back in time, reflecting on nostalgia, constancy and the unyielding forces of change.
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists – an artist The New York Times hails as someone "you want to hear no matter what he performs." Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” The pianist’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.
Praised for her “glowing sound” and “technical aplomb” (The Strad), violinist Elisa Barston is the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Second Violin.
Violinist Brittany Boulding has appeared as soloist with the Auburn Symphony, Cascade Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur (Cuba), Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spoleto USA.
Second Assistant Concertmaster Simon James has been a member of the Seattle Symphony since 1988; he is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra and was recently guest concertmaster with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.
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.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail Shmidt began his musical education at age 5 and won the Concertino Prague at age 14.
Principal Violist of the Seattle Symphony since the 1992-1993 season, Susan Gulkis Assadi enjoys a varied career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher.
A member of the Seattle Symphony viola section, Seattle native Mara Gearman also regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow and Eastern music festivals.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kokubo joined the Seattle Symphony in 2007.
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.
Korean-born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14.
Walter Gray has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Far East and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul and Tokyo.