From initial musical studies at the age of six in his native Ecuador to his 2016 appointment as the founding Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, WASHINGTON GARCIA has amassed an acclaimed international reputation, both as a dazzling performer and a nurturing, innovative educator.
Starting at a very early age, Washington Garcia became a seasoned veteran of the concert platform, performing throughout his native country. 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 Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. In the United States, Dr. Garcia has been presented in recitals and conducted masterclasses in close to 30 states - highlighted by an October 2015 debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City.
In addition to the Ecuadorian National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Garcia has appeared as guest soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Green Valley Chamber Orchestra (Nevada), Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania), Cuenca Symphony Orchestra (Ecuador) and Campus Orchestra of the City of Tel-Aviv (Israel). He also toured Italy with the Texas State University Chamber Orchestra.
Washington Garcia has performed and recorded for Radio Television Hong Kong, Opus Classical Radio (Mexico City), WMFT (Chicago), TV Spain and Rogers Broadcasting Company (Canada), as well as worldwide broadcasts through Univision. He has also been featured in numerous journals and magazines, including: Austin Monthly, Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education and Time Out Jakarta, among several others throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Washington Garcia has been awarded first prizes from a host of international competitions, among them the Guillermo Wright-Vallarino National Piano Competition (Quito), Elizabeth Davis Memorial Piano Competition and 19th International Young Artist Piano Competition (Washington, DC), 2004 Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition and Harrison Winter Piano Competition. He was also chosen from a field of contestants from 33 countries by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive one of two $25,000 grants awarded to pianists in the Fellowships of the Americas Program, resulting in his advanced studies in the United States and performances throughout Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Organization of American States, World Bank, Inter-American Bank, Corcoran Gallery of Art, U.S. Department of State and Mexican Cultural Center. From the Ecuadorian government, he has received the prize “Monseñor Leonidas Proaño” and the award “Al Mérito Laboral.”
Washington Garcia’s significant teachers include Genoveva Granja, Toshko Stoyanov, Ann Schein, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. He earned his bachelor of music degree from Ecuador’s National Conservatory of Music, while his master’s and doctoral degrees were conferred by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, from which he received a full scholarship and graduated at the age of 25 as the youngest Latin American to have received a doctoral degree in piano performance from that prestigious institution. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University and is a faculty member at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy and the Peabody Piano Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. Previous to his current appointment at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. Garcia served as Professor of Piano and assistant director of the School of Music at Texas State University.
Washington Garcia proudly became a citizen of the United States in March 2013. He is an official Steinway Artist.
Concerto #1 in C, Op. 15
Concerto #3 in c, Op. 37
Concerto #5 in E-flat, Op. 73 ("Emperor")
Concerto in C, Op. 56 (“Triple”)
Concerto #1 in d, Op. 15
Concerto #1 in e, Op. 11
Concerto #2 in f, Op. 21
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Concerto in a, Op. 16
Concerto in D
Concerto #1 in E-flat
Concerto #1 in g, Op. 25
Concerto #13 in C, K. 415
Concerto #20 in d, K. 466
Concerto #23 in A, K. 488
Concerto #24 in c, K. 491
Concerto #25 in C, K. 503
Concerto #1 in f#, Op. 1 (rev. 1917)
Concerto #2 in c, Op. 18
Concerto in a, Op. 54
Concerto #1 in b-flat, Op. 23
Garcia captured the unabashed bravura of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
THE WASHINGTON POST
Garcia wowed the audience, playing with great sensitivity and aplomb.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE MAGAZINE
Garcia brought down the house at the Casa de la Música. Never before has an Ecuadorian musician attracted so many people.
DIARIO LA HORA (Quito, Ecuador)
Garcia was met with a standing ovation and loud rounds of applause.
THE HOUSTONIAN (Huntsville, TX)
Washington Garcia Stuns at BPA Opener [headline]
Dr. Garcia’s technical prowess and emotional intensity brought the music to life and the audience to their feet, and rendered some normally very expressive people speechless.
BLANCO COUNTY NEWS (TX)
[Kevin] Rhodes, [Washington] Garcia and the SSO entered into De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Garcia played with elegance and dexterity, executing the composer’s guitaristic writing for the piano with fluid ease, and capitalizing on the opportunities the piano was given to truly ‘sing’ by bringing to bear a delicious legato touch. The audience awarded Garcia a standing ovation for his performance.
THE REPUBLICAN (Springfield, MA)
TEXAS STATE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
Recital Hall, TSO Performing Arts Center (San Marcos)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #17
PEABODY INSTITUTE OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (Baltimore, MD)
Leith Symington Griswold Hall
J.S. Bach/Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
HUNTER COLLEGE OF CUNY (NYC)
Ida K. Lang Recital Hall
J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue #14 in f#, BWV 883
EMBAJADA DE ECUADOR/UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA
Sala Manuel M. Ponce, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City)
INTERHARMONY CONCERT SERIES
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall (NYC)
Albéniz: Iberia, Book I (Evocación)
PEABODY INSTITUTE OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS
UNIVERSITY (Baltimore, MD)
Hilda & Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall
THE OMAHA SYMPHONY (NE)
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Mozart: Piano Concerto #20