Meet Our Concertmaster
SOUTH COAST SYMPHONY
Internationally acclaimed American/French-Canadian violinist Luanne Homzy is highly sought-after for her technical facility, sensitive musicality and expansive versatility. First Prize winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009 with the Saguaro Piano Trio, and of
the Canadian Music Competition, she has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. Having served as concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, she has worked closely with masters such as Sir Neville Mariner, Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Kent Nagano, and John Williams.
Ms. Homzy has collaborated with renowned artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Franklin Cohen, Ani Kavafian, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Niklas Schmidt, Richard Lester, Steven Dann, Paul Neubauer, the Tokyo String Quartet, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Among the prestigious venues that have hosted her appearance are, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Banff Center and Izumi Hall. Ms. Homzy has performed in and taught at various festivals including the
Bari International Music Festival in Italy, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music By The Sea at Bamfield, The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and the Domaine Forget Festival.
She has played for audiences in Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, the USA, Canada, Korea, and Japan. She has recorded an album with the Saguaro Trio on Fontenay Classics, live solo recitals and studio sessions for Radio-Canada and NPR. Equally at home in many genres, whether it be jazz, classical, rock, gypsy or Eastern European folk music, Ms. Homzy performs world wide with crossover supergroup Trio Dinicu, hailed as “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle. She has recently appeared with artists such as the John Jorgenson Quintet, Florin Niculescu, and Tcha Limberger. Ms. Homzy works with musical activists such as Street Symphony —a non-profit run by members of the L.A. Philharmonic and TED senior members that delivers on-site concerts for greatly underserved members of the community. She has also organized and presented community engagement performances and workshops in the U.S, Canada, Japan and New-Zealand.
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Homzy composes and arranges jazz, popular, classical, folk, and world music for diverse performing ensembles. Recent premieres include her arrangement of “Caprice No. 24 With A Swing” premiered in Italy in June 2012, and her arrangement of “Honeysuckle Rose” by Fats Waller, in Canada in July 2013, and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay in Los Angeles in August 2014, all audience favorites. She also works as a studio musician and string arranger.
Luanne Homzy is based in Los Angeles, where she is currently Music Co-Director of the American Contemporary Ballet. She is a member of the California String Quartet, and subs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She studied with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt on a full scholarship at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, and later obtained her Masters from the Hamburg Hochschule in Germany.