Luis Baez, Professor of Clarinet
  1. Faculty

Luis Baez



  • Private Lessons


  • BM, Peabody Conservatory


  • San Francisco Symphony, Associate Principal, 1990–Present
  • Annapolis Opera Company Orchestra


  • Young Soloists Competition Winner, National Symphony Orchestra

What is your hometown?

Arlington, VA

What is your favorite recording?

Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Chicago Symphony with James Levine.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Growing bonsai trees.

Who were your major teachers?

Robert Marcellus, Larry Combs, and Steven Barta.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

I often say what my father said to me: "Keep your eye on the road and mind your own business.”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I was sitting out in the hall during my youth orchestra's rehearsal around the time of college applications, and as I listened to my peers rehearse, I was inspired and realized that music was something I absolutely had to do.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Math or engineering.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Stravinsky, and Mahler.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Paris, early 20th Century.

What are your most important collaborations?

Performed with Yefim Bronfman on the Great Performers Series; Ebony Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, 2000; Performing on the Cal Performances Series and Music at Kohl Mansion.

What recordings can we hear you on?

San Francisco Symphony recordings since 1990.

What is your unrealized project?

To finish remodeling my house!