2015 Season - Artist in Residence
Colombian Violist Raúl García has established himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Currently performs with the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violist and serves on the viola faculty at Juan N. Corpas University and Central University in Bogotá, Colombia.
Mr. García began his studies at an early age at Batuta Foundation. He has concertized at the most prestigious concert halls in his native country and abroad including the Luis Angel Arango Music Library, Carnegie Hall, the National Arts Centre, and the Lincoln Center. Mr Garcia has collaborated with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Gilbert Kalish, David Halen, Andres Diaz, Chee Yun Kim, and The Tokyo String Quartet. He participated in several master classes with Joseph de Pasquale, Carol Rodland, Paul Neubauer, Michael Tree, Pinchas Zukerman, Roberto Diaz and Kim Kashkashian, among others.
Mr García has been winner of numerous prizes and competitions in his native country performing as soloist with every major orchestra including the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Colombia National Symphony Orchestra, and Cali Philharmonic. He received first prizes at the Second Colombian Viola Competition and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas festival concerto competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was awarded the Carolina Oramas Scholarship, as well as The Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize, offered by the Yale School of Music for excellence in performance in 2010.
An avid chamber music performer Mr Garcia has appeared at The St. Lawrence Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, Innsbrook Institute, Zukerman's Young Artist Program, The Pacific Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Perlman Music Program. Recent discography projects include a CD for NAXOS titled ‘’Tango Distinto’’ with music of Astor Piazzola; along with trombone player Achilles Liarmakopoulos; As well as a collaboration with compositor Andy Akiho in his Album “no one to know one’’.
Mr García holds a Bachelor Degree from Juan N. Corpas University; Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the prestigious Yale School of Music holding the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship. He is also a candidate for the Doctorate degree at Rutgers University where he studied with 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.
Raúl plays a contemporary viola made by Robert Brode.