Jean Landa has held the position of Principal Oboe with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977. His many solo performances include several appearances with the CPO, the Alberta Chamber Players, and the Kensington Sinfonia, as well as a studio taping of the Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto for the CBC.
Jean attended the Indiana University School of Music where he earned a BM degree. He subsequently pursued a MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with John Mack.
Besides teaching oboe at the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Calgary, Jean is an active member of the Chamber music group “Rosa Sevatica”.
In addition to co-founding 2 successful mail order businesses making products for oboists, Jean developed a hobby business, “The Arts of Islam,” which includes Islamic painting, metalwork, ceramics, textiles as well as carpets. He often exhibits at local antique shows. In the spring of 1998, he travelled to England and participated in a study program of Islamic art at the School for Oriental and African Studies. Jean finds materials and inspiration locally, and from frequent trips to the Middle East.
Who do you think are or were the masters of your instrument?
Marcel Tabuteau, John Mack, Marc Lifschey, Robert Bloom, John deLancie, Richard Woodhams, Peter Bowman.
Tell us a little about your instrument.
The oboe is a demanding instrument. Oboists generally make their own reeds, which is time consuming, and of course have to practice as well.
Do you play in any groups/ensembles outside of the orchestra?
I am a member of the chamber music group “Rosa Selvatica”.
What kinds of music do you listen to when you’re “off-duty?” What’s currently on your iPod?
I don’t listen to very much music. Occasionally I will listen to a great oboist for inspiration.
How do you prepare for a concert? Any “pre-game” rituals?
I generally adjust my reeds during the afternoon before the concert, and usually at the hall just before the concert.
How old were you when you started playing?
I started the oboe at age 14, after playing the alto sax for about 5 years.