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Biography


 

Winner of the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Viola Prize at the Yale School of Music for excellence in performance. Colombian Violist Raúl García has established himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation.

Dr. García holds a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor´s Degree in Music from Juan N. Corpas University; Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the prestigious Yale School of Music holding the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship and a Doctor of Music and Arts Degree from Rutgers University where he was trained by Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Violist Choong-Jin Chang. His main teachers include Anibal Dos Santos, Jesse Levine, Toby Appel, Ettore Causa and The Tokyo String Quartet.

He has concertized at the most prestigious concert halls in his native country and abroad including the Luis Angel Arango Music Library, Carnegie Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Merkin Concert Hall, the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Stage, the National Arts Centre, and the Lincoln Center, among others. Mr Garcia has collaborated with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Ettore Causa, Gilbert Kalish, David Halen, Andres Diaz, Chee Yun Kim, Gary Hoffman, The Tokyo and the Julliard String Quartets. 

 

Raúl García has been winner of numerous prizes and competitions in his native country performing as soloist with every major orchestra including the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Valle. He received first prizes at the Second Colombian Viola Competition and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas Festival´s concerto competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

A passionate chamber music and solo performer García has appeared at The St. Lawrence Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, Innsbrook Institute, Zukerman's Young Artist Program, the Pacific Music Festival, Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program, the Menuhin Music Festival, Pro Música, and the Esmeraldas International Music Festival. Recent discography projects include a CD for NAXOS titled ‘’Tango Distinto’’ with music of Astor Piazzola; along with trombone player Achilles Liarmakopoulos.

 

Dr. García currently performs with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia as Principal Violist and serves on the viola faculties of Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas, Universidad Central and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He is regularly invited to give master classes at important music schools, such as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.


He plays on two contemporary violas made by Robert Brode (2004) and Sergio Peresson (1979)



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