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With its diverse instrumentation and highly experienced musicians, the ensemble has a wide repertoire. In the past year and a half it has presented Brahms G Minor Piano Quartet, Brahms Horn Trio, Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, Ravel Tzigane, Bartok Contrasts, Brahms Clarinet Trio, Puccini Crisantemi, and Schubert Trout Quintet with guest Scott Pingel from the SF Symphony, among several other works. It has also commissioned and premiered John Wineglass’s OctaRhumba, and has been an advocate for Jose Gonzalez Granero’s string quartet Noche del Amor Insomne, composed in 2014. It was hired to perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, and received a standing ovation for this performance in Los Angeles.
ESF is dedicated to introducing new audiences to classical music. The group has a fun and interactive onstage presence, while still presenting great traditional classical works at the highest artistic level.
Traditional style (Instrumentation: oboe, horn, string trio, piano)
Mozart Oboe Quartet
Barber Sonata for Cello and Piano
– Intermission –
Brahms Horn Trio
Unconventional style (Instrumentation: clarinet, string quartet, double bass, piano)
Mozart Clarinet Quintet (first movement)
Wolf Italian Serenade
Strauss Violin Sonata (second movement)
– Intermission –
Rossini Duo for Cello and Bass
Schubert Trout Quintet (scherzo & variation movements)
Laura and Love is Here to Stay, arranged for string quartet, bass, and piano
Small ensemble (Instrumentation: piano trio)
Beethoven Spring Sonata
Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano
– Intermission –
Ravel Piano Trio
“This collective of musicians possess an amazing amount of talent!” -Examiner.com
“A hip, unstuffy, and malleable group of high-quality chamber musicians dedicated to fresh programming.” -San Francisco Classical Voice
From Our Audience
"The ESF concert at the Petit Trianon was one of the best classical concerts I’ve ever attended. Each musician was stellar, and as a group they brought the audience to its feet — uplifted, happy and in awe. I urge everyone to experience the gift of ensemble music at its best."
-Marilyn, pianist and veteran concert-goer
"There’s nothing like live music, beautifully performed, to pierce the heart. I experienced a few minutes of heaven listening to the Brahms and Rachmaninoff."
"Honestly, I’ve never had such an experience. It truly brought tears to my eyes. Thank you."
"Thank you for performing at our school! The music was dramatic. I liked the fast music because it was exciting and cool. P.S. You should try to be on America's Got Talent."
Ensemble San Francisco thanks the following companies for their time and expertise.
My Dutch Uncle
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My Dutch Uncle generously offered pro bono services to help launch Ensemble San Francisco. Visit website
Latham & Watkins
Supporting a number of organizations and causes, the Chicago office’s dedication to pro bono work reflects a fundamental part of the firm’s culture.”
Latham & Watkins is generously supporting Ensemble San Francisco by offering pro bono assistance as ESF prepares to file for non-profit status. Visit website
Ensemble San Francisco is a society of musicians committed to changing the face of chamber music through innovative performances of the highest caliber. It aims to:
• Present dynamic classical concerts featuring varied instrumental combinations
• Develop a new audience base for chamber music through unconventional programming, venues, and collaborations
• Present pro bono outreach performances in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes
• Commission new works
• Explore the use of new technologies to educate and further connect with audiences
Our Board of Directors
Christine McLeavey Payne, President
Roman Fukshansky, Vice President
Peter McGrath, CFO and Secretary