For the opening concert of the 2013-14 BPA season, Out of the Music Box, we are excited to present Ecuadorian-American pianist Washington Garcia. Growing up in Quito, Ecuador he was part of a family that sang, danced flamenco, and played the flute, violin, and piano. When he was four, his grandmother bought a Yamaha piano for the family, and whenever she would play it, he would "go to her and salute the piano". So was born his love of the piano. As a precocious six old he was accepted to the National Conservatory. The success of his first public performance at the age of seven led him to perform at the most important cultural centers in Ecuador. Throughout his life he has been awarded many prizes, study grants, and honors, quite notably the $25,000 Kennedy Center's Fellowship of the Americas Program awarded to two students selected from 33 countries.
Since his debut with the Ecuadorian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, he has been an active recitalist, soloist, and lecturer in prestigious venues in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Israel, Chili, Mexico, Colombia, Japan, China. Indonesia, Taiwan, and the United Sates. Dr. Garcia holds a bachelor of music from the National Conservatory of music in Ecuador, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University.
He has performed and recorded for radio and television in many countries and has been featured in several journals and magazines both here and abroad. Dr. Garcia served on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory of the John Hopkins University and is currently associate professor of piano, coordinator of the piano department, and assistant director of the School of Music at Texas State University. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Texas State International Piano Festival, and faculty member at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy.
His concert here will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, and Guevara. For more information about the artist and how to purchase tickets for his concert here on October 26 at 7:30 at the Uptown Blanco Ballroom, visit www.blancoperformingarts or call 830-385-1173.