The Austin Troubadours (AT) is an Austin-based group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. AT was founded in 2008 by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Mr. Vujisic has performed hundreds of concerts in Europe throughout the '80s and '90s including Berlin's Schauspielhous, Theater St. Marten in Paris, and the Dubrovnik Festival. Seven musicians in Renaissance costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform the music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The shows are high energy and unconventional, with performers that include members of the Austin Opera, University of Texas faculty, Fulbright Scholars, and winners of Austin Statesman's Critics Choice Awards, funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Commission. AT are proud to say that they have been approved for inclusion on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster since 2014. Program 1 - Introduction to Renaissance Music (6-7 musicians); Program 2 - Music of Shakespeare's Theatre (6-7 musicians); Program 3 - Mediterranean Journey (Medieval music from Mediterranean countries, 6-7 musicians); Program 4 - Lute Song (Soprano and lute duets, 2-4 musicians). For more, please visit www.austintroubadours.com. Photo by Maya Sokovic.
13276 Research Blvd, #201
Austin, TX 78750
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $1,500
Axiom String Quartet
From Monteverdi to Michael Jackson, the Axiom Quartet is a dynamic professional string quartet based in Houston, TX. The group is known for presenting programs mixing classical string quartet repertoire, transcriptions, contemporary compositions, popular rock, electronic, indie, jazz, and pop genres in a single concert experience. Behind these programming choices are Axiom's belief that concerts that treat these genres with equal reverence can turn classical fans towards extraordinary popular music while serving as classical music advocates to those who normally do not attend classical concerts. As a result, many of their concerts are sold out. Since 2017, Axiom has been the Quartet-in-Residence for the School of Music at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. They are also the primary outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston where they frequently perform around the Houston metroplex to engage area youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Axiom's touring schedule has ranged from Texas highways to international airports. In addition to annual concerts at the Cave Without a Name in the Texas Hill Country, Axiom has recently given multi-city tours of both the midwestern US and given a two-week tour of China. Photo by Lynn Lane.
7835 Redgate Circle
Houston, TX 77071
public performance/concert $2,000 - $4,800
school performance $600 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,200 - 2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,300
Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. The prizewinners of each Cliburn Competition are awarded three years of career management resulting in hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and concerto performances, master classes, outreach events, and in-school presentations. Each artist has prepared classical piano repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Photo by Jeremy Enlow.
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $4,000 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
Deux, Classical Vocal Duo
While Crystal and Angela have long enjoyed thriving careers as soloists, they have always genuinely preferred collaboration. Both singers are professionally based out of San Antonio, and in the fall of 2017, they made their official debut as Deux. They have appeared together in over 40 recitals and concerts throughout south Texas and beyond. They have appeared on the Artist Series at Texoma NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and have been featured artists on Texas Public Radio. Their repertoire includes a wide range of styles from the early 17th century to art song, sacred music, opera, and also contemporary commissioned works. Deux is available for formal concerts, lecture-recitals, house concerts, special events, sacred music programs, educational and community programs, master classes, and career talks to young performers. Photo by Susan Riley.
615 Freiling Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78213
public performance/concert $1,000 - $4,000
school performance $600 - $900
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,500
State Artist James Dick
James Dick is recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, bringing keyboard sonorities of captivation, opulence, and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. He was recognized as one of the University of Texas Distinguished Alumni in 2009. Major prizes in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and 92nd Street Y; London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Purcell Room; Le Theatre du Chatelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris; Academy of Music in Philadelphia; Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. He has performed with Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, and many major orchestras, with such conductors as Ormandy, Barbirolli, Levin, Maazel, Kondrashin, Spano, Oue, Sanderling, Hogwood, de Preist, and Verrot. He has been a guest soloist with Cleveland, Tokyo, Parisii, Ravel, Debussy, and Cassatt quartets, and Dorian and Moragues wind quintets, concertizing as well with Yo-Yo Ma, Regis Pasquier, Young Uck Kim, Raphael Hillyer, Rostislav Dubinsky, Martin Lovett, Andrew Marriner, Guy Deplus, and Carol Wincenc. Photo provided by the artist.
PO Box 161148
Austin, TX 78716
public performance/concert $3,000 - $10,000
school performance $2,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 66 internationally-recruited musicians who have brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for over 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and dynamic approach to music education programming. With the help of an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra frequently presents inspiring public or student-focused performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools. Whenever possible, the FWSO seeks to make symphonic music accessible to children and adults who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. The Orchestra regularly presents a wide range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience-specific and age-appropriate, both in Fort Worth and throughout neighboring communities. Also, education programs include study materials, provided in advance of each performance to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on availability and the presenter's budget, community concerts can feature soloists, incorporate choral support, and take place in outdoor venues. The FWSO's unique programs are constantly being updated. Please consult their website or contact the FWSO for current details. Photo by Julien Lambert.
330 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $20,000 - $30,000
school performance $10,000 - $15,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $12,000
2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition Winner and Finalists
The Gurwitz International Piano Competition is the latest iteration of the esteemed San Antonio International Piano Competition (SAIPC), now under the production and artistic direction of Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) and its founder and CEO, Dr. Anya Grokhovski. Under MBAW’s leadership, the competition has undergone a visionary transformation to incorporate innovative partnerships with internationally renowned artists, newly commissioned work for piano and world instruments, and a world music repertoire outside the classical canon. In 2018 the Gurwitz was accepted as a member of the prestigious Geneva, Switzerland-based World Federation of International Music Competitions, putting the competition squarely in the world spotlight. For the Gurwitz 2020, a panel of distinguished judges led by Jury Chairman Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, selected 12 finalists from a field of 76 applicants hailing from 21 nations. From this field, three achieved the honor of being finalists: Jiale Li from People’s Republic of China, Yedam Kim from South Korea, and Leonardo Colafelice from Italy. These incredibly talented young pianists represent the future of world-class piano, demonstrating extraordinary skill, artistry, and versatility across a variety of formats and styles, celebrating cultural diversity. Photo provided by artists.
23705 IH-10 West, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78257
public performance/concert $2,500 - $3,500
school performance $500 - $1,200
workshop fees $500 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $800 - $2,200
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is an internationally recognized orchestra known for its artistic excellence, innovation, and service to the community. Each year, the 88 full-time musicians of the Houston Symphony perform more than 250 concerts, recitals, education, and community programs and events that impact the lives of more than 400,000 people, including over 97,000 children and students and more than 100,000 who attend performances free of charge. In addition to concerts in major performance spaces, the orchestra regularly performs in hospitals, schools, and other community centers throughout the city. The Houston Symphony offers a wide variety of programming options that can be customized to meet the diverse needs of its presenters. In addition to concerts featuring classical masterpieces and popular programming, the Houston Symphony can perform interactive family concerts, multicultural programs, and engaging educational concerts that are TEKS-aligned. Also available for the tour are performances of the orchestra's multimedia HD Odyssey film projects: 'The Planets,' 'The Earth,' and the recently completed 'The Cosmos.' Photo by Anthony Rathbun.
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $50,000 - $100,000
school performance $15,000 - $50,000
workshop fees $500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $45,000
Mercury Chamber Orchestra
Founded in Houston in 2000, Mercury has a mission to serve the community by celebrating the power of music, Baroque and beyond, teaching, sharing, and performing with passion, intimacy, and excellence. The orchestra offers performances of a broad repertoire of music on period instruments and has garnered critical acclaim around the world through innovative and accessible performances, domestic and international tours, and groundbreaking music education programs. Each year, Mercury performs over fifty concerts and reaches over 20,000 listeners and 5,000 youth in its performances around the Houston area and beyond. Touring programs are flexible to meet presenters' needs but range from two-hour concerts of orchestral music featuring the full ensemble performing works from the Baroque to Romantic eras for large audiences of up to 1,000 to smaller ensembles for more intimate venues. Mercury also offers 45-minute educational presentations for school assemblies that mix standard curriculum topics such as science and history with an introduction to classical music as well as workshops for school orchestral programs. Photo by Runaway Productions.
3100 Timmons Lane, Suite 201
Houston, TX 77027
public performance/concert $2,500 - $20,000
school performance $500 - $1,400
workshop fees $200 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $5,000
Taiwanese-American pianist Dr. Jonathan Tsay is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Touring programs include solo recitals of music ranging from Haydn to Radiohead transcriptions. Increasingly popular are Jonathan's 'informances,' in-depth explorations of themes such as Beethoven Split: Controversy in the Romantic Era and Mockingbird: The Art of Imitation on the Piano. Jonathan's solo concert engagements include the Cliburn, Music at Southminster in Ottawa, Blanco Performing Arts, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas; he recently finished a multi-city solo tour of Taiwan. Tsay's solo recordings include the music of Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and more. His 2017 collaborative CD entitled 'Ensemble75 Vol. 1: Harmonic Allusions' was named as one of the Top 5 CDs of 2017 by TheaterJones. In addition to performing, Dr. Tsay has served as an adjudicator for several professional competitions and gives lessons and masterclasses to levels ranging from pre-college to graduate-level students. In 2019, Tsay was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Photo by Jose Pita Juarez Photography.
509 Lowell Lane
Richardson, TX 75080
public performance/concert $1,000 - $3,500
school performance $800 - $2,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as 'revolutionary chamber musicians,' WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group performs from memory and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. Frequently partnering with Young Audiences Arts for Learning across the state of Texas, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, family-friendly concerts, and concerts for audiences with autism or special needs. In WindSync’s concert program Songs, Dances, and Dreams, audiences will experience the wide array of colors created by the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn and the extraordinary virtuosity of each musician. The mix of repertoire includes classical music written for the wind quintet, arrangements of well-loved repertoire such as 'Bolero' and 'Summertime,' and new music with an exuberant, pop-rock sensibility. 'Peter and the Wolf' introduces the five wind instruments of the orchestra in an educational, family-friendly outreach program. Complete with a unique costumed and choreographed version of Prokofiev’s classic tale, WindSync inspires the imaginations of audiences of all ages. Photo by Kristina Jacinth.
4515 Briar Hollow Pl. #306
Houston, TX 77027
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,000 - $3,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $2,500