SCMS: Classical Conversation Podcast


As part of its Winter and Summer Festivals, Seattle Chamber Music Society presents informal, in-depth discussions with Classical KING FM 98.1  host Dave Beck and Festival musicians. These Classical Conversation Podcast interviews give an inside look at the Chamber Music repertoire performed during the Festivals with world-class performers’ insight. Dave Beck and Jeremy Jolley, Producers. Bill Levey, Recording Engineer and Technical Production.


Efe Baltacıgil
August 2, 2014

SCMS’s cellist Efe Baltacıgil shares his experience as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra with conductor, Ludovic Morlot, his musical upbringing in Istanbul, Turkey, his work with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and his performances during the SCMS Winter and Summer Festivals.

Cynthia Phelps
July 16, 2014

SCMS’s violist Cynthia Phelps shares her experiences during her long history with the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter and Summer Festivals as well as principal violist of the New York Philharmonic. She describes her working relationship with conductor Lorin Maazel – touring in Italy and North Korea and recording Berlioz’s Harold in Italy in 2009. She recalls her upbringing with music and her paths to become principal violist of the NY Phil and an avid Chamber Music performer.

Augustin Hadelich
July 9, 2014

SCMS’s violinist Augustin Hadelich shares insights on his recordings, Sibelus / Adès Violon Concertos (2013), Echoes of Paris (2011) and Flying Solo (2009), on his upbringing as a violinist and the influence on of playing chamber music on his performances as a soloist.

Anna Polonsky
January 30, 2014

SCMS’s pianist Anna Polonsky shares insights on her experience in recording Mozart’s piano concertos and in performing his chamber music, her work with pianist and husband Orion Weiss in performing 4-hand repertoire including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances for piano, four hands, Op. 46, her work with violinists Erin Keefe and Amy Schwartz Moretti, her work in the Schumann Trio with violist Michael Tree and Clarinetist Anthony McGill, and her teaching experience at Vassar College – All musical examples are from Anna Polonsky’s recordings and archival recordings of the Seattle Chamber Music Society festivals.

Ida Levin
January 23, 2014

SCMS’s violinist Ida Levin shares insights on her long history with the Seattle Chamber Music Society festivals, her musical beginning in Los Angeles, her experiences at Marlboro Music festival, her performance at the White House, her various mentors, her work with composer Leon Kirshner, her performances of the Tchaikovsky String Quartets – All musical examples are from Ida Levin’s recordings and archival recording of the Seattle Chamber Music Society festivals.