Dutch composer Reinbert de Leeuw reimagines the songs of Schubert and Schumann, infusing them with rawness and danger. Written in the style of 1920s German cabaret, de Leeuw creates a vulnerable, idiosyncratic and ultimately beautiful cycle, a journey through life and tragic love, with all the emotions that accompany it.
Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority” and as a conductor with “magic”, Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence on the podium has won praise from audience and critics internationally. Ioannides, now in her 4th Season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, has gained recognition as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation. She has also held positions of Music Director with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005-12 and the El Paso Symphony between 2005-11.
Maria Männistö, “one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have heard in years,” (Seattle Times), moves comfortably among a wide range of musical styles to international acclaim.
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.
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.
Timothy Hale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Performance Certificate from the Yale University School of Music.
Cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at age 3 conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony, among others. In 2015 Chan was a chosen artist for Fondation Louis Vuitton's Classe d'Excellence du Violoncelle with renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and has a growing internet presence with over 6.1 million views. Nathan studied with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School, where he recently earned his Master of Music.
Korean-born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14.
Travis Gore maintains a reputation in the classical and indie rock/pop world. Along with having performed with artists on records by recording artists Bryan John Appleby and Hey Marseilles, he is also producer and composer of his own alt/prog project Feeds On Majesty.
A Seattle native, Jeffrey Barker is beginning his new position as Associate Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony in the 2015–2016 season.
Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, Ben Hausmann served as principal oboe of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Florida Philharmonic and the Savannah Symphony.
Benjamin Lulich is the newly appointed Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony.
Eric Jacobs is the newly appointed Clarinet and Bass Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony. Prior to joining the Symphony, Jacobs was based in Los Angeles pursuing an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician and new music advocate.
Over more than 20 seasons with the Seattle Symphony, bassoonist Paul Rafanelli has performed frequently on the orchestra’s Chamber series.
Australian horn player Jenna Breen began her musical education aged 9 on the flute, a year later taking up her now preferred instrument, the French horn. Throughout her school years she developed her love for music through participation in various youth and community ensembles, always wanting to pursue a career in this field.
A prizewinner from the Liszt Garrison Competition, Dr. Li-Tan Hsu is currently a Collaborative Artist in Residence in Music Division of the Seattle University. Before moving to Seattle in April 2015, she was a faculty member of the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University. A pianist in high demand, recently she was named the accompanist of the semi-final round for the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition. Dr. Hsu was a rehearsal pianist for concert musicians such as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Victor Danchenko, to name a few.
“Im wunderschönen Monat Mai”
[untitled] series is generously underwritten by the Judith A. Fong Music Directors Fund.