San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) provides world-class contemporary classical music performances to San Francisco Bay Area audiences, featuring the works of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on California artists. SFCMP expands and enhances the contemporary music repertoire by collaborating with composers on the interpretation, commissioning, and recording of new works. SFCMP helps develop emerging audiences for this genre of music through the education and mentorship of emerging composers and players.
SFCMP is the most long-standing, continuously performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast. Over its 48 seasons, SFCMP’s work has greatly contributed to the art form and the new music sector. A ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, we have performed more than 1,200 new works by over 600 composers. Over 300 of these have been premieres, and we have commissioned some 80 new works from such composers as John Adams, George Crumb, and Julia Wolfe. SFCMP has been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series including San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, the Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, the Ojai Festival, and France’s prestigious MANCA Festival.
SFCMP evolved out of Bring Your Own Pillow concerts started in 1971 by Charles Boone. Three years later, it was incorporated by Jean-Louis LeRoux and Marcella DeCray who became its directors. Across its history, SFCMP has been led by seven Artistic Directors and seven Executive Directors with continuous support and oversight by an active Board of Directors.
“There’s a reason why SFCMP is considered the Bay Area’s premier new music ensemble.”
— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle