Jorge Montilla, clarinet
Jorge Montilla is considered one of the finest clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best Eb Clarinet players. He has an extensive repertoire and has premiered solo works by composers including Diana Arismendi, Roberto Cedeño Laya, Fidel Rodríguez, Mischa Zupko, Alfred Prinz, Ken Froelich, Alexandre Eisenberg, Víctor Varela and Efrain Amaya.
Montilla is one of the many 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” oversees Venezuela's 125 youth orchestras.
Mr. Montilla is a graduate of Indiana University, 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 numerous 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 Venezuela, the United States, France, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, China, Peru, and Brazil.
As a founding member and Artistic Director of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, Mr. Montilla has performed extensively throughout the world, has recorded two CDs (the second featuring Paquito D’Rivera), and has become known as one of the preeminent composers/arrangers for clarinet ensemble.
Montilla previously taught at Arizona State University, the Latin American Academy of Venezuela, and was chair of the clarinet department at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar. He has also given master classes, clinics, and workshops for universities and conservatories throughout the world.
Jorge Montilla represents Rossi Clarinets, Rico Reeds, Clarinetclassics and BG Ligatures. His compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana Editions, USA.
Jorge Montilla is a columnist for the International Clarinet Association’s magazine The Clarinet and keeps a busy international career as teacher, soloist, and clinician.