Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2015 Winner Announced

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 16, has been playing violin for ten 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, and Philharmonia Northwest. He is looking forward to soloing with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Philharmonic, and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra in their 2015-2016 seasons. 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 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 Jamie Laredo. He is a member of the Ballet Bellevue Orchestra, having recently collaborated in productions of Stravinsky’s Firebird 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 alumni 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 tour of China, one of the four Cultural Pillars of Exchange between China and the United States, will commence 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, 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.

Bushell Concerto Competition

Upcoming Concert:

Four Great Composer-Conductors: January 23, 2016

January 23, 2016 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

A program of music by composers who were also major  and influential conductors. Music by Leonard Bernstein opens the program: the overture to his landmark musical West Side Story. Felix Mendelssohn, lauded in his day as a superb conductor, is represented by his concert overture The Hebrides. SPO Principal Clarinet William Blayney will perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, still the greatest for the instrument. The concert concludes with the Northwest premiere of the Symphony No. 1 by the great Hungarian-born composer-conductor Antal Doráti, a favorite piece of Music Director Adam Stern's for decades and his first performance of it.  

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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West Side Story: Overture


The Hebrides: Overture


Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622
    William Blayney, soloist


Symphony No. 1

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