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Brass Studies is Honored to Welcome Trombonist David Langlitz

David Langlitz

The NYU Brass Program is honored to have the great David Langlitz lead several NYU Brass Orchestra Rep Classes this Fall 2022 semester. The former Principal Trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera has led orchestral Rep classes in the finest institutions and he now brings his knowledge and expertise to the NYU Brass Program. 

At the age of 21, while still in his third year at Juilliard, David attained the position of Principal Trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, thus becoming the youngest principal player in a major orchestra in the United States and around the world. He would hold this position for over 30 years. His extensive education achievements include both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance from the Juilliard School of Music and Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the NYU Tisch Graduate School of the Arts.

David has played to the baton of the most legendary conductors in recent history, including Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Carlos Kleiber, Rafael Kubelik, Karl Bohm, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Georg Solti, Erich Leinsdorf, Georges Pretre, and Daniel Barenboim.

A several time Grammy Award winner, his regular appearances on the Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” broadcasts have offered a worldwide platform, and his performances as soloist and with chamber music ensembles (including the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society/ Francis Poulenc Trio with Barry Tuckwell, horn, and Gerard Schwarz, trumpet) have garnered positive reviews throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. “Mr Langlitz’s performance of Jacques Casterede’s Sonatine showed off the player’s magnificent technique, elegant dynamic control, and a tone so melting in the second movement that one was reminded of the velvety sound of Tommy Dorsey. In the Berio Sequenza, Mr Langlitz was in command of a wicked piece of experimental sound and carried it off in bravura style.” Montclair Times, after a New Jersey Chamber Music Society Concert.

Among David's finest musical achievements are his role as Principal Trombonist on Wagner Ring Cycle CD/DVD recordings of Deutsche Grammophon and nearly four decades of Metropolitan Opera audio and video recordings, of which include performances of La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Parsifal, Der Fliegende Holländer, Wagner Orchestra Highlights from the Ring, excerpts from Berg’s Wozzeck, Lulu and Three Orchestral Pieces, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Schoenberg’s Erwartung. Recordings for for Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Phillips, EMI, and RCA Masterworks record labels round out his impressive resume.

David’s music teachers and mentors were: Roger Smith (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony), Frank Crisafulli (Chicago Symphony), Edward Kleinhammer (Chicago Symphony) and John Swallow (New York Brass Quintet/New York City Ballet Orchestra).

David has shared his knowledge and skills with students at numerous renowned educational institutions where he has been a faculty member, including Julliard (Pre-College Division), Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Yale University, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. David is still active giving master classes in the US, Switzerland, France, Italy, PR China, Japan and Korea. He has written a chapter in the soon to be released book on Arnold Jacobs and his Legacy as it extends into the 21st Century.