Luanne Homzy, violin and Tommy Davy, guitar

Luanne Homzy

Internationally acclaimed French-Canadian violinist Luanne Homzy is highly sought-after for her technical facility, sensitive musicality and expansive versatility. She has brought home First Prizes in international and national competitions and has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and has worked closely with masters such as Sir Neville Mariner, Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Kent Nagano and John Williams.

Artists Ms. Homzy has collaborated with include Arnold Steinhardt, Franklin Cohen, Ani Kavafian, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Niklas Schmidt, Richard Lester, Paul Neubauer and the Tokyo String Quartet. She has appeared in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Banff Center and Place-Des-Arts. While a student, she has played in masterclasses for Midori Goto, Wu Han, David Finckel, Pierre Amoyal, Pamela and Claud Frank, Anne Akiko Meyers, members of the Takacs Quartet and of the Ebène Quartet.

Festivals Ms. Homzy has performed in and taught at include 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. Ms. Homzy has collaborated with musical activists such as Street Symphony —a non-profit run by members of the L.A. Philharmonic and TED 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.

As a founding member of the Saguaro Piano Trio —First Prize winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009 — she has toured Germany, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada and Japan. She has recorded a full-length album with the Saguaro Trio, live solo recitals and studio sessions for Radio-Canada.

A brilliant improviser and equally at home in many genres, whether it be jazz, classical, gypsy or Eastern European folk music, Ms. Homzy performs world wide with crossover group Trio Dinicu, hailed as “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Homzy composes and arranges classical, jazz, popular and world music for diverse 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, premiered in Canada in July 2013, bothaudience favorites.

Ms. Homzy is based in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett on a full scholarship at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and later obtained her Masters from the Hamburg Hochschule in Germany.

Tommy Davy

Whether it’s French waltzes, poignant interpretations of gypsy folk music or the swinging standards of the Hot Club of France, guitarist Tommy demonstrates technical mastery, compositional creativity and sensitivity beyond his years. 

At just 25 years of age, he has toured nationally with David Grisman, Stephane Wrembel, Angelo Debarre and Robin Nolan, and has performed internationally with the greatest masters of the Gypsy Jazz Genre, such as Opus 4, Florin Niculescu, Tcha Limberger, Lolo Meier and Andreas Oberg. His vast repertoire also includes Romanian, Hungarian Yugoslavian and Russian traditional folk music. He is one of the rare few who can deftly navigate this language uncommon to the guitar. Tommy Davy and his ensemble have been featured at Djangofest Northwest, Djangofest LA, Djangofest San Francisco, Djangofest Colorado, Music By The Sea at Bamfield and NY Birdland’s Django Reinhardt Festival Tour.

Tommy first studied guitar under the guidance of Larry Koonse and Macedonian guitarist Miroslav Tadic also, directly studing with the gypsy masters such as Angelo Debarre and Serge Camps has given him a truly multi focused approach. He carries on this authentic style of playing in such a way which critics have regarded as “… jewels of gypsy music played with great poise and authenticity… magic is happening.” – Claude Laurin, Radio Centre Ville. His devotion to his music has taken him to far away destinations such as Japan, Germany, and France, as well as across the USA and Canada.

Dedicated to musical outreach, especially in working to combine genres to draw in those who might be less familiar with jazz and classical music, Tommy has performed for many underprivileged audiences through Street Symphony, a non-profit organization affiliated to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also teaches and presents workshops of jazz manouche technique and practice.