Formerly principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator who has served as faculty at The Juilliard School since 1989. She joined the USC Thornton School of Music in the fall of 2020. Ms. Landsman received a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinnis. Previous mentors included Carmine Caruso and Howard T. Howard, former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Landsman achieved her dream of becoming principal of the MET in 1985 and held that position until 2010. She has also spread her talent to many other ensembles within New York City and is a current member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Additionally she has performed with numerous groups, including her co-principal position with the Houston Symphony, substitute principal position with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, guest Principal horn with both the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and as substitute horn with the New York Philharmonic.
She 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 a chamber musician at festivals and concert series, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she appeared as a guest artist with the former Guarneri Quartet.
World renowned as a master teacher, Julie Landsman holds a teaching position at The Juilliard School, and is a frequent guest instructor at both Bard Conservatory and the Curtis Institute. She has given master classes at such distinguished institutions as the Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Oklahoma, The University of Delaware, The Hartt School of Music, UCLA, USC, and University of Southern Mississippi. She is a visiting master teacher at the New World Symphony in Miami.
Her international presence includes master classes in Norway, Sweden, and Israel. In 2019, Ms. Landsman joined the Aldeburgh Snape Maltings Festival as a coach and mentor.
Her students hold positions in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Washington National Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra and the American Brass Quintet. She received 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 recent series of Carmine Caruso lessons on Youtube have lent to further fame and renown among the current generation of horn players. Landsman currently resides in Nyack, New York.