Born in Costa Rica, clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya is an active performer and educator. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. An active freelancer in Chicago, Mr Garcia-Montoya performs with some of the most important music organizations in the Chicago area. A prizewinner in the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Mr. Garcia-Montoya continues to pursue his chamber music career performing with the Chicago Ensemble and Midsummer’s Music Festival.
Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed his master’s degree at Rice University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and pursued additional post-graduate studies at DePaul University. Mr Garcia-Montoya has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Music, International Festival at Round Top, Spoleto/USA and Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the 2014 International Clarinet Festival in Costa Rica. His primary teachers include Franklin Cohen, Richard Shanley, Michael Webster and Larry Combs.
Elizandro lives in Chicago, IL, where he teaches clarinet at DePaul University’s Community Music Program, El Sistema/Chicago Youth Orchestras and Elmhurst College. He is currently principal clarinetist of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago.