Bridges Composition Competition

“In coming years, Bridges [will] generate an ever-expanding repertoire of music for jazz trio and string quartet, a cause that both jazz and classical listeners can applaud.”
—Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, 2018 (Read more)

The 2025 Winning Works Premiere on Tuesday, June 11!

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Now Accepting Submissions for Summer 2024

Deadline January 31, 2024

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About the Competition

Established in honor of RSMI’s 30th anniversary, the Bridges Composition Competition ventures to “bridge” the genres of two of RSMI’s main programs—jazz and classical chamber music—through a call to young composers around the globe for new works written for string quartet and jazz trio.

Up to three winners are selected to receive the David Baker Prize—an award of $2,500 and the opportunity to workshop their composition with RSMI Jazz directors Billy Childs, Rufus Reid, and Steve Wilson. The weeklong session culminates in a concert in Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall featuring the works’ premieres.

2024 Winning Composers

Emiliano Lasansky

Emiliano Lasansky

Boxes in the Attic

Born and raised in Iowa City, IA, and currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Emiliano Lasansky completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and earned a master’s degree from the prestigious Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA (formerly the Thelonious Monk Institute).
Zhengtao Pan

Zhengtao Pan

Mirror, Floating on the Water

Zhengtao Pan is a young musician from Shanghai, China, currently studying Jazz Composition and Composition at Berklee College of Music. He actively works in media scoring, arranges jazz tunes for jazz orchestras and bands, and writes concert music.
Jason Mountario

Jason Mountario


Jason Gabriel Mountario is a composer, electric bass player, and mixing engineer from Jakarta, Indonesia. Graduated from Berklee College of Music in Bass Performance and Jazz Composition, he is currently a lecturer in jazz theory, band arrangement, and music production at Pelita Harapan University.
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Submissions for the Summer 2025 season will accepted starting early fall 2024.

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