Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

The power of fate collides with the search for happiness in Tchaikovsky’s deeply felt Fourth Symphony. Violinist Viktoria Mullova and cellist Matthew Barley bring a new work to Seattle, composed for them by Pascal Dusapin. The fanciful title of this double concerto, At Swim-Two-Birds, comes from a subversive Irish novel, but the composer’s sonic tradition is distinctly French, filled with the same joie de vivre that enlivens Debussy’s Petite suite.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 8 Nov (Thu) 2018 7:30PM
  • 10 Nov (Sat) 2018 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 48 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Among the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra have won three Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”

Viktoria Mullova


Viktoria Mullova’s extraordinary talent first garnered international attention when she won First Prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. She has since appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals.

Matthew Barley


Matthew Barley is internationally known as cellist, improviser, arranger, music animateur, and Artistic Director of Between The Notes. His musical world is focused on projects that connect people in different ways, blurring the boundaries that never really existed between genres and people.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Claude Debussy

Petite suite

Pascal Dusapin

At Swim-Two-Birds (U.S. Premiere)

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 4


The Seattle Symphony’s presentation of Pascal Dusapin’s At Swim-Two-Birds, featuring Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley is generously underwritten by the Judith A. Fong Music Directors Fund. Viktoria Mullova’s performance is generously supported by Sheila Noonan and Peter Hartley through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.