Hailed for daring and intelligent programming, uncompromising artistry and spirited performances, the Seattle Chamber Players (SCP) enjoys a growing international reputation. For over twenty years, SCP’s four core members—Laura DeLuca, clarinet, David Sabee, cello, Mikhail Shmidt, violin, and Paul Taub, flute—have been passionately dedicated to introducing rarely performed and previously unheard contemporary chamber music of the highest quality to the Pacific Northwest and audiences worldwide. The ensemble’s work has been recognized with the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming.
DeLuca, Sabee and Shmidt are key members of the Seattle Symphony; Taub is Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts. Dr. Elena Dubinets, Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Seattle Symphony, leads research and programming as the ensemble’s Artistic Advisor.
“…superbly performed…exquisitely played…”
Richard Taruskin, The New York Times
“One of the most talented, ambitious and innovative instrumental groups around…”
R.M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“The always smart and crisp Seattle Chamber Players…”
“…organic cohesiveness with limitless sound possibilities…”
Fyodor Sofronov, The Russian Musical Newspaper
SCP’s history is marked by its commitment to the music of our time. From its commissioning of works by leading world composers to collaborations with the most prominent American and international creative artists, the ensemble has established itself in the vanguard of the contemporary music world. SCP has introduced many prominent composers to the Pacific Northwest, including Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Mason Bates, Peter Bruun, Heiner Goebbels, Aaron Jay Kernis, Nico Muhly, Alexander Raskatov, Valentin Silvestrov, Peteris Vasks and John Zorn. SCP’s five international festivals—Icebreaker I: New Voices from Russia (2002), Icebreaker II: Baltic Voices (2004), Icebreaker III: The Caucasus (2006), Icebreaker IV: The American Future (2008) and Icebreaker V: Love and War-including the West Coast premiere of Heiner Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I’ve Seen (2010)—brought dozens of international guests to Seattle and received multiple favorable reviews.
The ensemble has made multiple appearances in Eastern Europe, including performances at the Cold Alternativa (2002) and Moscow Autumn (2003) festivals in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Sound Waves festival (2003), in concert at the Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn (2003), and at MusicFest in Kiev, Ukraine (2005). In 2005 and 2008, SCP participated in the Warsaw Autumn festival in Poland. In May 2005 SCP was in residence at University of San José, Costa Rica. In 2006, SCP was in residence at Cornish College of the Arts for the third time, as well as having a one-week residency at the Marrowstone Music Festival in July. In 2008, SCP was in residence in Copenhagen with the Figura Ensemble and toured the Baltic States, reconnecting with Peteris Vasks in Riga and Onute Narbutaite in Vilnius. In 2011 SCP was a featured guest at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht. In addition to multiple grants from American and international foundations and corporations, including the NEA, Argosy Foundation and many others, the ensemble is one of few West Coast organizations to have been awarded a Siemens Foundation grant.
SCP was featured on the award-winning radio program “Saint Paul Sunday with Bill McLaughlin” in a concert recorded in Seattle in January 2005 and broadcast numerous times over the past few years. The ensemble’s first CD, Otis Spann: Music of Wayne Horvitz, is available on the Periplum label and its latest recording, Reza Vali’s Folksongs (Set No. 15), appears on Albany Records. Recordings of the music of Henry Brant, Artur Avanesov and Onute Narbutaite and a survey of music from the Baltic countries are in preparation.