Jean Landa has held the position of Principal Oboe with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977. His 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 under Jerry Sirucek. He subsequently pursued a MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with John Mack.
In addition to co-founding two successful mail order businesses making products for oboists, Jean has developed a hobby business, The Arts of Islam, which includes Islamic painting, metalwork, ceramics, textiles as well as carpets, and has exhibited 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. His primary interest is in antique oriental carpets and textiles, which he has been buying, selling and collecting for two decades. Jean finds materials and inspiration locally and from trips to the Middle East.