credit Hans Engels
Fora Baltacıgil joined the Munich Philharmonic as Principal Bass in the 2014. Born in Istanbul, he received his bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University Conservatory in 2002 and an artist diploma in 2006 from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer in Philadelphia.
In September 2012 Fora Baltacıgil and his brother Efe, principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, performed Bottesini’s Grand Duo with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. In 2008 he performed John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Prior to the Philharmonic, Mr. Baltacıgil was principal bass of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Berlin Philharmonic and principal bass of the Minnesota Orchestra. In 2008 he performed with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and major festivals as a soloist and chamber musician. He gave masterclasses in the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music and New York University. Mr. Baltacıgil was awarded the McKnight Foundation of Minnesota Artist Fellowship in 2009, first prize at the Caprio Artists Competition of the Riverside Symphonia in 2006, and first prize at the Delaware Symphony Concerto Competition in 2004. He spends his free time sailing and cooking.