Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Roberto Díaz, viola
Efe Baltacıgil, cello
Natalie Zhu, piano

Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 3:00 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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About This Performance

This program of fascinating and varied chamber repertoire brings together Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales; violist and President of the Curtis Institute of Music Roberto Díaz; Seattle Symphony Principal Cello Efe Baltacıgil, and pianist and Artistic Director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival Natalie Zhu. Baltacıgil, who has been praised for his “sublimely natural, so easily virtuosic, phenomenal, effortless musicianship” (Seattle Times), returns to the east coast to reunite with his Philadelphia-based colleagues.

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Husa: Evocations of Slovakia
Bruch: Eight Pieces, Op. 83 [Sel.]
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (including intermission) 

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The Artist(s)

Ricardo Morales
Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world.… Read More
Roberto Diaz
Roberto Dí­az, viola
A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.… Read More
Efe Baltacıgil, cello
Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Efe Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003. Baltacıgil has participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and performed a Brahms Sextet with Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jessica Thompson at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra,… Read More
Natalie Zhu, piano
Known for captivating interpretations of a wide repertoire, Natalie Zhu is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, and Astral Artists Award. The Philadelphia Inquirer heralded Ms. Zhu in recital as a display of “emotional and pianistic pyrotechnics.” Selections from her live performances are frequently broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Ms.… Read More


Ricardo Morales: Rossini: Variations in C Major
Efe Baltacıgil | Meet the Musicians