Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Efe Baltacigil began studying the violin at five years of age and changed to the cello at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Mimar Sinan University Conservatory in Istanbul in 1998 and an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2002, where he studied with Peter Wiley and David Soyer. He was the recipient of The Curtis Institute’s Jacqueline DuPré Scholarship.
Mr. Baltacigil won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He was also awarded The Peter Jay Sharp Prize, which presented his New York debut in December 2005, and the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, which presented his Washington, DC, debut in April 2006.
He won audience and critical acclaim at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert in February 2005 when a winter snowstorm prevented most of the orchestra from reaching the concert hall. Mr. Baltacigil, the orchestra’s Associate Principal Cellist, and pianist Emanuel Ax, the evening’s soloist, stepped up and performed Beethoven’s ‘Cello Sonata No.1’ after only 10 minutes of rehearsal. Afterwards, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: “Baltacigil is a highly individualized solo artist. His gorgeous sound, strong personality, and expressive depth suggest an artist about to have a major career.”
This season, he debuts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He will also appear at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in Richard Goode’s Perspectives series and gives performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the North Dakota Museum of Art, Mayville State University (ND), and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.
He is a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and resides in Philadelphia, PA.
His hobbies include windsurfing, sailing, drawing and volleypong