In 2016, Mr. Latta curated and premiered “16×16: The Rice Encores Project,” a large-scale commissioning endeavor featuring sixteen new short works for violin and piano that showcased the entire Rice University composition studio. A recording of all sixteen works will be released in late 2017. Additional highlights of the 2017-2018 season include performances with flutist Claire Chase as part of Da Camera of Houston’s subscription series, and residencies at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia as part of the inaugural year of the Barnes Ensemble.
A founding member and principal second violinist of KINETIC: The Conductorless Ensemble, Mr. Latta is passionate about music-making on a small scale, and is particularly interested in the creative and collaborative possibilities of performing without a conductor. As an orchestral musician, he was a member of 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and has attended the Lucerne Festival Academy and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Additional festival credits include the Banff Centre’s Ensemble Evolution, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Contemporary Performance Institute at Wellesley College, and the Next Festival for Emerging Artists.
Giancarlo is currently pursuing a Master of Music in performance at Rice University, where he studies with Paul Kantor. He previously studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago.