Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2016 Don Bushell Concerto Competition Accepting Applications

The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2016 Bushell Concerto Competition. The competition is open to musicians age 16 and over, who are Washington state residents.

Thank you to all those who applied! The application deadline has now passed.

Finalists will be announced to all applicants by email on February 22, 2016.

Competition Date:

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Competition Site:

PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall
Cornish College of the Arts
710 East Roy Street

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Barbara Hunter
2016 Bushell Competition Chair



2015 Winner

Congratulations to our 2015 Don Bushell Concerto Competition winner, Evan Hjort.

Mr. Hjort will perform the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.2 with the Seattle Philharmonic during our 2015-16 season.

Evan Hjort, age 17, has been playing violin for eleven years and currently studies with Simon James of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Evan has performed as soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, the Puget Sound Chamber Players, and Philharmonia Northwest. During the 2015-2016 season, Evan will solo with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Philharmonic as the winner of their 2015 concerto competition. Evan is a 2012 and 2014 winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival concerto competition, as well as the winner of the SYAMF honors medal in 2014. He is also a three-time first place winner of the Simon-Fiset SMTA competition. In recent years, Evan was a finalist in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony concerto competition, received the Director's Award during the Conservatory Music in the Mountains concerto competition in Durango, Colorado, and was awarded second place in the 2015 Sammamish Symphony concerto competition. Evan enjoyed soloing during a Seattle Symphony Discover Music concert and performing three times on Seattle’s 98.1 Classical King FM. In December of 2014, Evan represented Washington state in the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, under the baton of Maestro Jaime Laredo. He is a member of the Bellevue Ballet and Opera Orchestra, having recently collaborated in productions of Stravinsky’s Firebird, Handel’s Messiah, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. An avid chamber musician, Evan has soloed as part of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and Orchestra and is a six-time winner of the David Tonkonogui Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. Evan's string quartet, the Pike Street Quartet, is a two-time Haydn Prize winner and bronze medalist at the St. Paul String Quartet Competition and advanced to the semifinals at the Fischoff competition. Evan has performed in masterclasses with Augustin Hadelich, Renaud Capuçon, Vadim Gluzman, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Gerardo Ribeiro, Brian Lewis, Paul Kantor, and Grigory Kalinovsky. Evan is an alumnus of the Meadowmount School of Music and the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program. Evan was selected to participate in the National Youth Orchestra’s 2015 tour of China under the baton of Maestro Charles Dutoit. The National Youth Orchestra’s two-week tour of China, one of the four Cultural Pillars of Exchange between China and the United States, took place in July 2015, after a two-week residency at Purchase College in New York and a performance at Carnegie Hall. When not playing the violin, Evan enjoys composing music, playing the piano, teaching introductory preschool music classes, reading classic novels, watching silent movies, acting, traveling, photography, modern architecture, and philosophy. 

The full results of the 2015 Don Bushell Concerto Competition are:

Winner: Evan Falls Hjort (violin)

First Runner-Up Honors: Sarah Hall (violin)

Second Runner-Up Honors: Alena Hove (violin)


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:

From the New World: October 29, 2016

October 29, 2016 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

Antonin Dvořák's immortal gift to America, his "New World" Symphony, shares the bill with works from the New World itself. Four unique American compositions spotlighting different aspects of our nation's musical identity will be featured: Edward Collins' folk-inspired The Cowboy's Breakdown; Richard Rodgers' Slaughter on Tenth Avenue from the world of musical theater; Marion Bauer's Sun Splendor, an important symphonic poem by one of America's leading women of music; and Gunther Schuller's Journey into Jazz, a delightful story of a young man's efforts to become an ace jazz musician. The SPO is joined by KNKX's morning host Dick Stein as narrator, along with a talented combo from the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band.

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.

Parking Information is available here.

Get Directions

Richard Rodgers

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Gunther Schuller

Journey into Jazz
    Dick Stein, narrator • Soloists from the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band (Scott Brown, director)

Marion Bauer

Sun Splendor

Edward Collins

The Cowboy's Breakdown

Antonin Dvořák

Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Buy Tickets

Buy tickets for From the New World: October 29, 2016

Select your quantity.

type price quantity
Adult $30
Student $20
Seniors (age 65+) $20
Youth (16 and under)* free
Promo Code: have a promo code? enter it here.  

*Youth 16 years and younger are invited to enjoy Phil concerts at no charge when they present this voucher. Concerts may not be appropriate for the very young. Verbalizations from infants and small children disrupt the performance and disturb other patrons.

Seating is general admission. All tickets are held at Will Call unless advanced mailing is requested by emailing