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Introducing Artist VIP
- Former Solo Clarinetist in the Simon
Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela; Professor at the Longy School of Music at
Jorge Montilla is internationally considered one of the
best clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best
Eb Clarinet players. He has an extensive repertoire including the major works
for the clarinet and he has been appointed to premiere solo works by important
composers such as Diana Arismendi, Roberto
Cedeño Laya, Fidel Rodríguez,
Mischa Zupko, Alfred Prinz, Ken
Froelich, Alexandre Eisenberg,
Víctor Varela and Efrain Amaya. First Latin American
clarinetist to record under the distinguished British label “Clarinetclassics”
Montilla is one of the many fine musicians produced by Venezuela’s “El
Sistema”, founded by José Antonio Abreu also
known as the Foundation for the National Network of Youth and Children´s
Orchestras of Venezuela. El Sistema is a state foundation which
oversees Venezuela's 125 youth orchestras.
Mr. Montilla is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs
School of Music, where he studied with Howard Klug. Other notable teachers
include Luis Rossi, Walter Boeykens, Antony Pay, Jonathan
Cohler and Ricardo Morales.
Former Principal Clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra,
Montilla has appeared as soloist with the most important
Venezuelan orchestras, the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, the Vale Veneto
Festival Orchestra in Brazil and the Youth Orchestra of Peru. He has given
recitals in important halls of Venezuela as well as in the USA, Martinique,
France, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, China, Peru and
Brazil together with leading important soloists and chamber music groups.
As a founding member and Artistic Director of the Caracas Clarinet
Quartet, Mr. Montilla has concertized extensively throughout
the world (South America, Europe, Asia and the USA), he has recorded two CDs
(the second featuring Paquito D’Rivera) and
his many pieces for the CCQ have made him one of the pre-eminent
composers/arrangers for clarinet ensemble today.
Montilla’s pedagogical experience includes teaching at Arizona State
University and he has been Chairman of the Clarinet Department at the
Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at
the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. He has also given master-classes,
clinics and workshops for important universities and music conservatories in
Colombia, Chile, Barbados, Sta.
Lucia, USA, Puerto Rico, China, Costa Rica, Czech
Republic, Peru and Brazil.
At the present, Jorge Montilla is Clarinet Professor at
Longy School of Music of Bard College. He also represents Rossi
Clarinets, Rico Reeds, Clarinetclassics and BG Ligatures. His
compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana
Jorge Montilla is a columnist for the International
Clarinet Association’s magazine “The Clarinet” and keeps a hectic international
career as soloist and clinician.
Montilla with an exciting performance of the
Lutoslawsky’s Dance Preludes…
Penelope Knuth, The Clarinet, February/March, 1991.
scary Eb playing!...
Daniel Granados, The Clarinet, 1993
arrangements to the Caracas Clarinet Quartet: Perhaps the repertoire of the
Daniel Granados, The Clarinet, 1993
particular highlight throughout the concert was the Eb playing
Montilla. His musicianship, tone, and intonation on this notoriously
difficult instrument were a wonder to the ear…
David Niethamer, Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony,
Washington DC, April 1999.
Montilla’s arrangements were crafted with such skill to the
Caracas Clarinet Quartet that the music sounded easily idiomatic for these
Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post Saturday, April 10, 1999.
Montilla is a splendid, experienced player. He displayed a
natural, effortless virtuosity and total command of his instrument’s tonal and
expressive resources, communicating strong affinity for the characteristic
rhythm, creating atmosphere and mood…
Edith Eisler, New York Concert Review Inc, Summer 2003.
clarinet caressed the music which unfolded most attractively…
Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times, Bloomington Indiana, October 2003.
performs with great enthusiasm and knows how to make the repertoire of his
native continent jump off the page with effortless technique, subtle dance
accents and tasteful vibrato…
Patrick Hanudel, American Record Guide, July/Aug 2010.
is a Top-Flight musician – Like Desenne and
Dudamel, he is a veteran of “El Sistema”. The music’s many and
varied technical demands do not seem to bother him… He plays as if he has this
music in his blood…
Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, May 2010.
Clarinetist Jorge Montilla shines again with his extraordinary
“La Revoltosa”. His sound is beautiful at all times and the
performance is both natural and portraits great musical conviction…
Montilla’s Eb Clarinet playing is just brilliant.
Jorge’s own piece “Registro
de Pajarillo" is a jewel. From the
first notes one is captivated with the music and Jorge’s both sweet timbre and
musical solvency on the Eb. This piece should be mandatory in
the repertory for the Eb clarinet.
Marco Mazzini. Clariperu, Nov 2011.
Message from Jorge
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