About Us

Alexei Girsh, our conductor 

In 1991, Alexei Girsh came to Redmond from Russia, where he was born and educated, attaining his Bachelor’s Degree at the Glinka Conservatory in Novosibirsk and a Master’s Degree-Conductor of Symphony and Opera-from the Mussorgsky Conservatory in Ekaterinburg. Included in his portfolio are a number of published arrangements and recordings. He was highly acclaimed as principal conductor of the Radio-Television Symphony of Vladivostok, Music Director of the St. Petersburg Youth Symphony and a professor at the Institute of the Arts in St. Petersburg. Since moving to the United States, he has been Music Director of the Washington Wind Symphony (Redmond, 1993-96), the Youth Philharmonic Northwest (Redmond, 1994-96), the Bellevue Ballet Orchestra (1996-99), and currently the Eastside Symphony (Redmond, 1992-present.) He is also Music Director of the Renton Youth Symphony orchestra and conductor of the Boeing Concert Band. In 2000 he was honored with the city of Redmond’s Patron of the Arts Award. He also founded the Concert Opera of Seattle where he is Artistic and Music Director.

Linda Vogt, our concertmaster 

Linda attended Seattle Pacific University after studying violin under the renowned violinist and teacher, Emanuel Zetlin. She also studied voice in college and embarked on a professional singing and violin career for 7 years in local nightclubs, experimenting with jazz, country, and rock improvisation. Linda currently serves as Concertmaster of the Eastside Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of Philharmonia NW, and plays regularly with the Auburn Symphony, Octava Chamber Orchestra, and many other local ensembles. She has been the featured vocal soloist with the Rainier Symphony and a violin soloist with the Eastside Symphony. Linda also performs chamber music professionally and freelances in a variety of musical formats, including studio recordings for major recording artists. Though her focus is classical music, she has continued to play with bands throughout the years, often with her husband Bob, a guitarist. Linda taught in the LWSD as a violin coach and has taught privately for many years. She and her husband Bob are the proud parents of two sons, Ryan, a Marine Corps veteran, and Chris, a small business owner.

Our members 

We are enthusiastic musicians who want to play the standard classical repertoire in a relaxed and supportive environment. While we vary in our skills and our time to invest in our playing, we share a common love of classical music and welcome like-minded musicians to our ranks.

Join us 

If you are interested in joining the Eastside Symphony, please e-mail us at eastsidesymphony@gmail.com, including your full name, instrument, and a bit about your playing background. We do not audition, and string players are generally welcome at any time. We especially need string bass players! Woodwind and brass players are added only as needed. While we do welcome mature high school students, players under 16 may be asked to audition and/or play a trial concert to determine if their orchestral skills are strong enough for an adult orchestra.