Jorge Montilla Moreno

Assistant Professor

Jorge Montilla is internationally considered one of the best clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best Eb Clarinet players. He has an extensive repertoire including the major works for the clarinet and he has been appointed to premiere solo works by important composers such as Paul Desenne, Diana Arismendi, Roberto Cedeño Laya, Fidel Rodríguez, Mischa Zupko, Alfred Prinz, Ken Froelich, Alexandre Eisenberg, Víctor Varela, and Efrain Amaya.

Montilla is one of the many fine musicians produced by Venezuela’s “El Sistema”, founded by José Antonio Abreu also known as the Foundation for the National Network of Youth and Children´s Orchestras of Venezuela. El Sistema is a state foundation which oversees Venezuela's 125 youth orchestras.

Mr. Montilla is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Howard Klug. Other notable teachers include Luis Rossi, Eli Eban, James Campbel, Walter Boeykens, Antony Pay, and Ricardo Morales.

Former principal clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Montilla has appeared as soloist with the most important Venezuelan orchestras, the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, the Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra in Brazil, the Youth Orchestra of Peru, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Nuevo Mundo Festival Orchestra, the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra and the Longy School of Music Conservatory orchestra. He has given recitals in important halls of Venezuela as well as in the USA, Martinique, France, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, China, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and Brazil together with leading important soloists and chamber music groups.

As a founding member and artistic director of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, Mr. Montilla has concertized extensively throughout the world (South America, Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A.), he has recorded two CDs (the second featuring Paquito D’Rivera) and his many pieces for the CCQ have made him one of the pre-eminent composers/arrangers for clarinet ensemble today.

Montilla’s pedagogical experience includes teaching at Arizona State University, Longy Schol of Music of Bard College, and he has been chairman of the clarinet cepartment at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. He has also given master-classes, clinics, and workshops for important universities and music conservatories in Colombia, Chile, Barbados, Sta. Lucia, USA, Puerto Rico, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Peru, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil. 

Jorge Montilla represents Rossi Clarinets, Rico Reeds, Clarinetclassics, and Gao’s bells. His compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana Editions, USA and Montilla Brothers Editions, USA.

Jorge Montilla is a columnist for the International Clarinet Association’s magazine The Clarinet and keeps a hectic international career as soloist and clinician as a member of the QuatreKlammer management. He is currently assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Iowa.


…Jorge Montilla with an exciting performance of the Lutoslawsky’s Dance Preludes…    
Penelope Knuth, The Clarinet, February/March, 1991.

…That’s scary Eb playing!... 
Daniel Granados, The Clarinet, 1993

…Montilla’s arrangements to the Caracas Clarinet Quartet: Perhaps the repertoire of the future…
Daniel Granados, The Clarinet, 1993

…A particular highlight throughout the concert was the Eb playing of Jorge Montilla. His musicianship, tone, and intonation on this notoriously difficult instrument were a wonder to the ear… 
David Niethamer, Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony, Washington DC, April 1999.

… Montilla’s arrangements were crafted with such skill to the Caracas Clarinet Quartet that the music sounded easily idiomatic for these instruments…
Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post, Saturday, April 10, 1999.

…Mr. Montilla is a splendid, experienced player. He displayed a natural, effortless virtuosity and total command of his instrument’s tonal and expressive resources, communicating strong affinity for the characteristic rhythm, creating atmosphere and mood…
Edith Eisler, New York Concert Review Inc, Summer 2003.

…Montilla’s clarinet caressed the music which unfolded most attractively…
Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times, Bloomington Indiana, October 2003.

…Montilla performs with great enthusiasm and knows how to make the repertoire of his native continent jump off the page with effortless technique, subtle dance accents and tasteful vibrato…
Patrick Hanudel, American Record Guide, July/Aug 2010.

Montilla is a Top-Flight musician – Like Desenne and Dudamel, he is a veteran of “El Sistema”. The music’s many and varied technical demands do not seem to bother him… He plays as if he has this music in his blood… Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, May 2010.

Venezuelan Clarinetist Jorge Montilla shines again with his extraordinary “La Revoltosa”. His sound is beautiful at all times and the performance is both natural and portraits great musical conviction… Montilla’s Eb Clarinet playing is just brilliant. Jorge’s own piece “Registro de Pajarillo" is a jewel. From the first notes one is captivated with the music and Jorge’s both sweet timbre and musical solvency on the Eb. This piece should be mandatory in the repertory for the Eb clarinet.
Marco Mazzini. Clariperu, November 2011.

... Montilla literally wowed the public with impeccable and refined performances that featured a rare but precious musical taste... 
Art-Spettacoli. Monza, Italy. March 3, 2014. 

...Intonation and tone quality are excellent with special credit to Montilla for his light and technically brilliant E-Flat clarinet playing. Kenneth A. Long. The Clarinet. September 2017.


Research areas
  • Woodwinds
Portrait of Jorge Montilla Moreno
Contact Information

University of Iowa
5000 Voxman Music Building (VOX)
93 E. Burlington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States