Raúl García

Viola

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Biography

Doctor, Magister and Artist Diploma from Rutgers and Yale Universities, respectively, in the United States of America. He is a violist graduated from the music studies program of the Juan N. Corpas University Foundation with Summa Cum Laude distinction and winner of the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize for excellence, awarded by the Yale School of Music.

Winner of the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize for excellence, awarded by the Yale School of Music. He has performed in the most prestigious auditoriums and concert halls in his native country and abroad, including Carnegie Hall, the National Arts Centre, the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, the Teatro Colón, the Luis Ángel Arango Library, the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Stage and the Lincoln Center in New York. He has also collaborated with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Gary Hoffman, Andrés Díaz, Chee Yun Kim, Donald Weilerstein, David Shifrin, Ettore Causa, Gilbert Kalish, the Tokyo and Julliard String Quartets, among others.

Among his teachers are Octavio Carmona, Aníbal Dos Santos, Jesse Levine, Toby Appel, Ettore Causa, C. J Chang and the Tokyo String Quartet. Currently, he is Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and develops a pedagogical work as professor of viola in the Faculties of Music of the J.N. Corpas University Foundation, the Central University and the Master’s program in Music of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He also regularly gives master classes at renowned music schools such as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.

A passionate chamber music and solo performer, Raúl has appeared at The St. Lawrence Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, Innsbrook Institute, Zukerman’s Young Artist Program, Pacific Music Festival (PMF), Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program (PMP), the Guadalajara International Music Festival (FIMG), the Menuhin Music Festival Gstaad, Pro Música San Miguel de Allende, the Esmeraldas International Music Festival and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.

Raúl García plays on two contemporary violas built by Robert Brode (2004) and Sergio Peresson (1979).

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