ELIZANDRO GARCIA-MONTOYA, CLARINET
Born in Costa Rica, clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya is a nationally sought after chamber and orchestral musician. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. A prizewinner in the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Mr. Garcia-Montoya continues to pursue his chamber music career in Chicago and has been performing with Ondas since 2008. He is also a member of the Barossa Quintet, and has performed with other groups including the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point, Pilgrim Chamber Players and The Chicago Ensemble. Educational outreach programs have included those for the Ravinia Festival and the International Music Foundation.
Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed his Master’s degree at Rice University, where he received the Michael Hammond President’s Scholarship award. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Throughout his studies, Mr. Garcia-Montoya performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Music, International Festival at Round Top, Spoleto/USA and Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. His major teachers include Franklin Cohen, Richard Shanley, Michael Webster and Larry Combs.
Mr. Garcia Montoya is currently principal clarinetist of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago. A dedicated teacher, he teaches clarinet privately and at the British School of Chicago.