Classical Evolve: Earshot for 23/24

As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov’s vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is the proud home of IPO Classical Evolve, aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations.

Beginning in 2023/24, IPO has partnered with Earshot, a program of the American Composers Orchestra, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will rehearse, perform and record select upcoming compositions for orchestra, offering selected participants the opportunity to collaborate with world class mentors Jessie Montgomery and James Stephenson, both established orchestral composers and industry leaders.

Participating Composers for 2024 are: Daixuan Ai, Chris Neiner, Sepehr Pirasteh


Classical Evolve made possible by Jerri E. Greer

2022 Winner and 2023/24 Composer-in-Residence: Oswald Huynh
2021 Winner and 2022/23 Composer-in-Residence: Jonathan Cziner
2019 Winner and 2019/20 Composer-in-Residence: Martha Horst
2018 Winner and 2018/19 Composer-in-Residence: Ben Ash

Participating Composers for 2024 are (clockwise from top left): Daixuan Ai, Chris Neiner, Sepehr Pirasteh