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The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), an ensemble of highly skilled musicians, performs innovative new music. It nourishes the creation and dissemination of new work through high-quality musical performances, commissions, and community outreach. SFCMP promotes the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st century musical language. We seek to share these experiences with as many people as possible, both in and outside of traditional concert settings.
Led by Artistic Director Steven Schick the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. Composers today are creating a vast and vital 21st-century musical language, and we aim to share it with as many people as possible, both inside and outside the traditional concert setting.
SFCMP is the most long-standing, continually performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast, SFCMP uses performances, collaborative projects, commissions, and educational outreach activities to give audience members and participants opportunities to discover 20th and 21st century musical repertoire - and to use these experiences as ways to better understand, interact with, and enjoy their lives and our world.
In addition to programmatic innovation, our performances are rooted in artistic virtuosity. Our 24 core SF Contemporary Music Players are among the Bay Area’s leading musicians and educators. They are active as soloists and chamber musicians and leaders of several dynamic performance groups in California and beyond.
Now in our 45th season, we have performed more than 1,200 new works by over 550 composers. Nearly 150 of these have been premieres, and we have commissioned some 80 new works.