Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2019 Bushell Concerto Competition

The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2019 Bushell Concerto Competition! The winner of the competition will be invited to perform their concerto with the Seattle Philharmonic during the 2019-2020 season at Benaroya Hall. The competition is open to all musicians who will be at least 16 years of age as of April 13, 2019 and who are Washington State residents.

Competition Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Competition Site: Seattle Pacific University, Nickerson Studios 103
Deadline for Entry: All required application materials must be submitted online or postmarked by March 18, 2019

Completed applications will be reviewed by the competition committee to select the 25 candidates most qualified to compete in the 2019 competition. Finalists will be announced to all applicants by email on or before March 25, 2019.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form
• A recording demonstrating the applicant's skill level – Recording materials submitted for review by the competition committee will not be returned
• Non-refundable entry fee of $40.00

Please review the competition rules and policies for important information regarding the audition process and repertoire selection before submitting an application!

For more information about the competition or application process, please contact the Bushell Competition Chair:

Dustin Peskuric
(206) 491-1357
bushell@seattlephil.org

Competition History

The Bushell Concerto Competition is named in honor of the SPO’s first Music Director, Don Bushell, who started this annual event in 1946 to provide a performance opportunity for aspiring musicians. Every year since, this prestigious competition has provided professional development and an exclusive concert performance opportunity for outstanding area soloists.

Upcoming Concert:

“A floodtide of inspired invention”: Beethoven’s Seventh

April 6, 2019 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

"A masterpiece of technical skill, taste, imagination, craftsmanship and inspiration." Thus did the hyper-critical Hector Berlioz sum up his thoughts on Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, one of the most beloved of Beethoven's Nine ever since its wildly successful premiere (at which the audience insisted on an immediate repeat of the slow movement). Franz Liszt's impassioned and innovative Piano Concerto No. 1 will be performed by the winner of the Philharmonic's 2018 Don Bushell competition, Hexin Qiao. A symphonic work by Finnish composer Helvi Leiviskä rounds out this special concert.

Hexin Qiao

Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall houses two performance halls in a complex that is thoroughly integrated into downtown Seattle. Occupying an entire city block at the very core of the city, the development celebrates the vital role of performance events while maintaining the continuity of commercial life along one avenue and providing a much-needed public space, in the form of a terraced garden, along another.

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LEIVISKÄ

Symphony No. 2

LISZT

Concerto No. 1 in E-flat for Piano and Orchestra

Hexin Qiao, soloist

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92


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