Hip, Unstuffy

Chamber Music


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"This collective of musicians possesses an amazing amount of talent!" 

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"A hip, unstuffy, and malleable group of high-quality chamber musicians who are dedicated to fresh programming" raves the SF Classical Voice, "Ensemble San Francisco seems welcoming, warm, and well-positioned to expand not only its repertoire of high-quality performances, but also its circle of friendship."

Ensemble San Francisco was founded in 2013 by pianist Christine McLeavey Payne and clarinetist Roman Fukshansky, and draws its musicians from the SF Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras and beyond.

In addition to its mainstage performances, Ensemble SF is dedicated to bringing world class music to schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. ESF musicians generously donate their time to share their love of chamber music with children, youth, and elders. Through new concert experiences and education of the next generation, ESF is vital in the cultural fabric of the Bay Area.


Kim on cello and Young on viola looked like they were having such a good time that they might just stand up and dance during the performance. Not only was [the concert] sold out, but in fact oversold to an unusually young and enthusiastic crowd… The entire event was so enjoyable that I can’t wait to see what they do next! —Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center


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Support us while enjoying special access via our donor benefits! Your tax-deductible gift supports our mainstage series, outreach concerts, CD recording project, and composer commissions. Let us know if there is a project in particular you wish to support. ESF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Benefactor — $2,500
- Private performance by ESF
- Plus all benefits below

Partner — $1,000
- Invitation to an open rehearsal at the Schumann Music Studio
- Plus all benefits below

Contributor — $250
- VIP seat at our next mainstage concert.
- Plus all benefits below

Donor — $150
- Signed Album featuring ESF

You can donate via credit card from the “Donate” button above.
To donate by check, mail your check made out to Ensemble San Francisco to:

c/o Russell Frost Associates
PO Box 2879
Alameda, CA 94501

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ESF Debut Album

This album has been a journey of love, sweat, and in Jonah’s case, blood. With this music, we humbly offer the purest parts of ourselves and some of the most exquisite moments in our repertoire. We are honored to bring you this glorious music which spans the spectrum of ecstasy to agony and encompasses the profoundly sacred to the desperately passionate.

Ensemble San Francisco’s eponymous debut album includes:

  • Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat Major, opus 47

  • Robert Schumann’s Widmung, an art song transcribed for solo piano by Franz Liszt

  • Dohnanyi’s String Trio in C Major, Opus 10

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