Mission

Earplay nurtures the finest new chamber music of our time, linking audiences, performers, and composers through concerts, commissions, and recordings.

Background

Founded in 1985 by a consortium of composers and musicians, Earplay is dedicated to the performance of new chamber music. Earplay offers audiences a unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances of some of today's finest chamber music. Earplay has performed over 600 works by more than 300 composers in its 34-year history, including 150 world premieres and 86 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Visit the Earplay archives to learn more about Earplay's rich history.

Earplay concerts feature the Earplayers, a group of artists who have developed a lyrical and ferocious style. Mary Chun conducts the Earplayers, all outstanding Bay Area musicians: Tod Brody, flute and piccolo; Peter Josheff, clarinet and bass clarinet; Terrie Baune, violin; Ellen Ruth Rose, viola; Thalia Moore, cello; and Brenda Tom, piano.

For Earplay's 34rd season in 2019, we're excited to perform our February and April concerts in the Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center (War Memorial Veterans Building, 4th floor). Then experience vibrant new music in the historic setting of magnificent Herbst Theatre in May. The season features five exceptional world premieres, and each concert includes work by featured composer Tristan Murail. And we're thrilled to present our first venture into chamber opera: the world premiere of Allen Shearer's Howards End, America, an Earplay/RealOpera coproduction, in three performances at Z Space in February.

Earplay sponsors the annual Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, open to composers of any nationality and any age. Earplay performs the prizewinning piece and presents a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning composer.

Click here for information on Earplay's Board of Directors, Staff, and Advisory Board.