Ezra Escobar

Ezra Escobar

Chicago native 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 Young Steinway Concert Series, the Waukegan Chamber Music Society, and the Chicago Botanic Garden Morning Music series. He regularly performs with the Brooklyn-based NewOrch ensemble, and has played in the Chicago Philharmonic, the Lake Forest Symphony, and the Skokie Valley Symphony orchestras as section cellist. He previously served as principal cello of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony and Concert orchestras. 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 National Chamber Music Competition, and appeared at the St. Paul, Rembrandt, Discover, and Barnett national chamber music 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. 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 currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Mannes School of Music at The New School under the tutelage of Marcy Rosen, having previously studied with Dr. Tanya Carey. He has received lessons and master classes from Hans Jensen, Timothy Eddy, Colin Carr, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Amit Peled, Astrid Schween, Richard Hirschl, Ronald Thomas, Ilya Finkelshteyn, Antonio Lysy, Daniel McDonough, David Geber, Alan Rafferty, Gloria dePasquale, Stephen Balderston, and members of the Emerson, Borromeo, American, Vermeer, Jupiter, Mendelssohn, and Pacifica quartets.