Ezra Escobar


Ezra Escobar

SAA Member


Brooklyn, NY
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Lauded as “vibrant” and “gifted” (Chicago Classical Review), Chicago-born Filipino-American cellist Ezra Escobar maintains a prolific output as a multigenre cellist, composer, arranger, and music producer. He made his orchestral debut at age 16 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and was a guest soloist with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra. Other concert engagements include the Fil-Am Music Foundation, the Young Steinway Concert Series, the Waukegan Chamber Music Society, the Greenwich Village Chamber Music Society, and the Chicago Botanic Garden Morning Music series.

Ezra regularly performs with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, the Fil-Am Chamber Players, and in the Chicago Philharmonic, Lake Forest Symphony, and Skokie Valley Symphony orchestras. Ezra has concertized at venues such as Symphony Center in Chicago, Alice Tully Hall, Pritzker Pavilion, Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall, and Pick-Staiger Hall at Northwestern University. Ezra is principal cello of the Mannes Orchestra and previously served as principal cello of the Kankakee Valley Symphony. He has played under the baton of conductors such as Riccardo Muti, JoAnn Falletta, Cristian Macelaru, Joshua Weilerstein, Carlos Kalmar, and David Hayes.

He has won prizes at the DePaul Concerto Festival, the Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Composition Contest, and was a finalist at the West Suburban Symphony Youth Solo Competition. As a chamber musician, he was a semifinalist in the Fischoff and St. Paul competitions. His compositions have been premiered at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival and the Heifetz Institute, with commissions for EDGE Youth Theatre and Thin Ice Ensemble Theater. Festival appearances include the Heifetz Institute, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Chicago Youth in Music Festival, and the Cincinnati Young Artists Fellowship Program.

For several years, Ezra taught in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Young Music Scholars program, which aids children and teens without the financial means to enroll in music lessons. He is a resident artist of the Fil-Am Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting exceptional Filipino classical musicians through scholarship assistance and performance opportunities. Ezra is a founding member of the Greenwich Village Chamber Music Society (GVCMS), a student-run chamber music collective that aims to create meaningful social change through accessible and thoughtful programming.

Ezra is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Mannes School of Music at The New School under the tutelage of Marcy Rosen, having previously studied with Dr. Tanya Carey at the Music Institute of Chicago. Additional studies include lessons and master classes with Johannes Moser, Hans Jensen, Timothy Eddy, Colin Carr, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Amit Peled, Astrid Schween, Eric Kim, Richard Hirschl, Ronald Thomas, Ilya Finkelshteyn, Antonio Lysy, Rhonda Rider, Jeffrey Zeigler, Daniel McDonough, Inbal Segev, David Geber, Alan Rafferty, Zlatomir Fung, Gloria dePasquale, Jacob Shaw, and Stephen Balderston, and his chamber music mentors have included members of the Emerson, Borromeo, American, Kronos, Vermeer, Jupiter, Mendelssohn, and Pacifica quartets.