Principal horn player with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinis and has served as a member of Juilliard’s faculty since 1989.
A native of Brooklyn, Landsman achieved her dream of becoming a principal with the Met Orchestra in 1985 and held that position until 2010. She also shares her talent with many other ensembles within the city: she is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic. She has performed with numerous groups outside the city, including the Houston Symphony, as a substitute principal with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal horn, and as principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Landsman has recorded for RCA, Deutsche Gramophone, CRI, Nonesuch, and Vanguard labels, and is most famous for her performance of Wagner’s Ring cycle as solo horn with the Met Opera under the direction of James Levine. Landsman has performed as chamber musician at many festivals and concert series, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the summers she performs and teaches at the Music Academy of the West and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Landsman has presented master classes at many distinguished institutions, including The Colburn School, Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the Manhattan School of music. She is also a visiting master teacher at the New World Symphony in Miami. Her international presence includes master classes in Norway, Sweden, and Israel. In 2016, Landsman was an honored jury member at the ARD horn competition in Munich, Germany.
Her students hold positions in the Met Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, Washington National Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and the American Brass Quintet. She is a recipient of the Pioneer Award from the International Women’s Brass Conference and was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Conference in 2012 and 2015.
Her series of Carmine Caruso lessons on YouTube have led to further renown among today’s generation of horn players. Landsman resides in Nyack, N.Y.