Violinist Giancarlo Latta is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with Paul Kantor. As a soloist, Giancarlo has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Dexter Community Orchestra, and Oistrach Symphony as a winner of their respective young artist competitions, as well as with the Academy Chamber Orchestra at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Pioneer High School Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Giancarlo was a member of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, he performed at the BBC Proms, Mariinsky II, the Moscow Conservatory, and the Kennedy Center. During the tour, he also performed chamber music at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC. A passionate chamber musician, Giancarlo was a member of Quartet Enigma at the Music Institute of Chicago, and he has worked with members of the Cleveland and Cavani quartets. In 2012-2013 he was the founder and leader of the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string ensemble based at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, and is now a member of KINETIC, a new Houston-based conductorless ensemble. Highly committed to music of our time, Giancarlo has worked with William Bolcom, Zhou Long, and Sean Shepherd, and has performed works by student composers in Ann Arbor, Chicago, and at Rice. Giancarlo has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Giancarlo began his violin studies at age six with Anna Bittar Weller. He was previously a member of the Academy program at the Music Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Almita and Roland Vamos.