Ensemble75 Concerto Competition

Updated December 7, 2017

Click here for current Ensemble75 Concerto Competition repertoire list (updated 2/2/2018)

Application period is currently closed

Since its inception, Ensemble75 has provided seven seasons of concerts to the DFW Metroplex, each consisting of innovative programming performed by some of the world’s most promising musicians. Performers featured on Ensemble75’s concerts have gone on to study at music schools such as the New England Conservatory and Juilliard, as well as obtaining posts in some of the important institutions around the world, such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Following the standards of innovation and quality of performance established during our tenure, Ensemble75’s concerto competition seeks to promote some of the region’s premier pre-college musical artists and to present them with a competition opportunity that reflects the experience of the elite international competitions offered to professional musicians. The Cézanne Quartet (Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts 2015-2017) will accompany six finalists in a live concert setting, in front of a competition jury consisting of musicians who have distinguished themselves in their field.

Competition Jury:

Nathan Olson - Co-Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Ahearn - Clarinet, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Mikhail Berestnev - Concert Pianist


E75 Concerto Competition Rules and Guidelines

1) Deadline for application and preliminary recording is Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

2) Applicants must not have had their 19th birthday on or before March 1, 2018.

3) The concerto should be chosen from the official list provided. Additions to the Ensemble75 Concerto Competition repertoire list will be made if the applicant can provide proof (score, parts, etc) that the piece can be performed with a string quartet accompaniment.

4) Each applicant must include an entry fee of $50 and provide a link to an unlisted YouTube video of their own performance of one movement of a concerto with accompaniment. The movement performed must be the same for all rounds. Video links and completed application forms should be emailed to e75@ensemble75.com

5) Up to 15 semi-finalists will be selected from all applicants and will be notified via e-mail and phone on the evening of February 10th, 2018. Semi-finalists will perform one movement of the concerto with piano accompaniment on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church (Choir Room).

6) Up to 6 finalists will be chosen by the jury to perform in the Finals Concert accompanied the Cézanne Quartet at the Bank of America Theatre at the Eisemann Center at 3:00PM on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Rehearsals for the finals will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 off-site.

7) Winners will be announced following the concert. Contestants must be present at the time of announcement to receive awards and prize money.





Upcoming Concerts

  • No.41 - Haute Hot (05-14-2018)

    Presented at Christ United Methodist Church
    3101 Coit Rd, Plano, Texas 75075

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
      Piano Concerto in Eb Major, K.449

        I. Allegro vivace
        II. Andantino
        III. Allegro ma non troppo

    George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)/arr. Patti Rudisill
      Rhapsody in Blue

    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
      Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60

        I. Allegro non troppo
        II. Scherzo: Allegro
        III. Andante
        IV. Finale: Allegro comodo

            - Eleanor Dunbar, violin
            - Lauren Densinger, violin
            - Steven Juarez, viola
            - Elizabeth White, cello
            - Jonathan Tsay, piano

  • No.40 - Water Music (04-22-2018)

    Presented at Collora Piano
    1451 Wycliff Avenue Dallas, Texas 75207

    Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
      "Ondine" from Gaspard de la nuit

    Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
      La cathedrale engloutie

    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
      "The Swan" from Carnival of the Animals

    Kevin Puts (1972 - )
      Seven Seascapes

        I. “Exultation is the going of an inland soul to sea…”
        II. “A lone gray bird…alone in the shadows and grandeurs and tumults of night and the sea”
        III. “A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea”
        IV. “Out of the darkness…jets of sparks in fountains of blue come leaping”
        V. “So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric”
        VI. “I, while the gods laugh, the world's vortex am; maelström of passions in that hidden sea”
        VII. “…let us find a place ‘neath ocean’s breast and bid her lie where waves are kind.”

            - Chloé Trevor, violin
            - Erica Zappia, viola
            - Oliver Schlaffer, cello
            - Jack Unzicker, bass
            - Julee Kim Walker, flute
            - Kevin Haseltine, horn
            - Jonathan Tsay, piano