Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2018 Bushell Concerto Competition

The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2018 Don Bushell Concerto Competition! The winner of the competition will be invited to perform their concerto with the Seattle Philharmonic during the 2018-2019 season at Benaroya Hall. The competition is open to all musicians who will be at least 16 years of age as of April 14, 2018 and who are Washington State residents.

Competition Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Competition Site: Seattle Pacific University, Nickerson Studios 103
Deadline for Entry: Applications must be received online or postmarked on or before March 18, 2018

The Bushell Competition committee will review all completed applications and select the 25 candidates most qualified to compete in the 2018 competition.

Finalists will be announced to all applicants by email on or before March 25, 2018.

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 below before submitting an application.

• Online Application (preferred)

Printable Application Form

Competition Rules and Policies

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.

Bushell Concerto Competition

Upcoming Concert:

“A mysterious, indefinable poetry”: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1

October 20, 2018 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

The Philharmonic launches the season with a concert comprised entirely of Slavic music: composers of Czech, Polish, Russian and Slovenian origin will be featured. Two staples of the concert repertoire will be spotlighted: Bedrich Smetana's symphonic poem The Moldau and Frédéric Chopin's hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Serbian-born pianist Milica Jelača Jovanović as soloist. An intriguing and powerful work by Slovenian composer Nana Forte, Incantation, will receive its U. S. premiere. Autumn, the most popular portion of Alexander Glazunov's radiant ballet score The Seasons, will be appropriately presented at this fall concert. A little-known delight by Antonín Dvořák, his Polonaise, completes the program.

Milica Jelača Jovanović

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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DVOŘÁK

Polonaise

CHOPIN

Concerto No. 1 in e for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11

Milica Jelača Jovanović, soloist

SMETANA

The Moldau

FORTE

Incantation

GLAZUNOV

The Seasons, Op. 67: Autumn


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