Luiz Garcia is First Solo Horn of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira of Rio de Janeiro and a tenured professor of horn at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UniRio). He began his studies at the Conservatory of Tatura and attended the Juilliard School in New York and New England Conservatory in Boston, studying with Charles Kavalovski.
He joined the renowned Empire Brass from 1995 to 1997, was the first horn soloist of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo from 1997 to 2001, and from 2002 to 2006, served as guest artist of the German Brass. While in Germany he participated on several occasions as the first horn soloist in performances, recordings and tours of the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, WDR Cologne, RSO Frankfurt, Zurich Tonhalle, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among others with most renowned conductors.
Luiz has won awards in various competitions such as South America Contest (1988), the Award Eldorado (1989) and 1st place in Tilden Prize New York (1993).
Julie Landsman is one of the most distinguished performers and teachers of our time. She held the position of Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for twenty-five years until her retirement in 2010. She now enjoys a wide variety of musical activities, including performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which she is the newest member.
A fomer member of the Houston Symphony, Ms. Landsman has performed as a guest artist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed as a chamber musician at many important festivals and concert series, including Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Sana Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri Quartet. She performs and teaches during the summer at Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West.
World renowned as a master teacher, Julie Landsman holds teaching positions at the Julliard School and Bard College, and teaches frequently as a guest at the Curtis Institute. She has given master classes at such distinguished institutions as Colburn School, Curits Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Oklahoma, and University of Southern Mississippi. Her students hold positions in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. She recently received the "Pioneer Award" from the International Women's Brass Conference and was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Conference in 2012.