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Born in Cali Colombia, Diego A. Garcia entered the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory at the age of five, where he began his musical studies in piano, cello, and conducting. This set the stage for a multifaceted career as performer, conductor, and educator. At the age of fifteen, Diego won a cello position with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle where he performed for six seasons. Simultaneously, he routinely conducted the AMV String Chamber Orchestra as conducting assistant to his teacher, Alexander Korjenko. Three years later, Diego came to New York City to pursue musical opportunities outside his native country. A cello prizewinner in the 1996 Carolina Oramas Competition, Diego received his Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music as a student of Alan Stepansky. During this time, he toured extensively in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Central America as a chamber musician, recording artist, orchestral player, and soloist.

In 2000, Diego continued his studies on cello with Alan Harris and conducting with William Wienert at the Eastman School of Music. Soon after, he began teaching cello at Eastman in the pre-college division. In 2004, he was named Music Director of the Eastman String Fellowship Orchestra. In addition to his work in the pre-college, he began conducting other orchestras including the New Horizon Symphony Orchestra, Greece Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Kaleidoscope Community Orchestra, and Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Garcia was also a guest conductor at Parnu Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), Hampton Roads Chamber Players, and the Traveling Notes Orchestra throughout the Dominican Republic and Belgium. During the summers, Diego studied conducting at Bard College as a conducting fellow working closely with Harold Faberman, Marin Alsop, and Leon Botstein. He also worked closely with Markan Thakar and Larry Rachleff.

An avid chamber musician and composer, Mr. Garcia was a founding member of Gibbs & Main, a string quintet that promotes classical music of all styles including his original compositions and arrangements. Over the past decade, Diego has become a sought after composer for instrumental and choral works. His music has been broadcasted several times on NPR’s ‘Live from Hochstein’. Recent commissions have included the original score to the independent film Heart of Tango, Rochester Oratorio Society, and Gibbs & Main.

Currently, Diego is Conductor and Resident Composer at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. The 2014-2015 season marks his first year as Orchestra Director of the Thurnauer School of Music Symphony Orchestra. He is the co-director of String Society, a one-week summer festival for string students. Bowstruck, a violin/cello duo he formed with his wife, Annaliesa Place, creates a unique voice with original compositions and arrangements of the classics.
Formed in 2013, Bowstruck is breaking ground as an exciting and unique violin and cello duo. Violinist Annaliesa Place and cellist Diego Garcia bring their passion for chamber music and all styles of music to their new musical partnership. In addition to the standard duo repertoire, Bowstruck performs arrangements of Bach, classical showpieces, jazz standards, tangos, and every style in between.

Annaliesa Place , violin

Annaliesa Place hails from Medina, Ohio and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Heidelberg Orchestra and has since appeared with orchestras throughout the United States including the Jackson, Peabody, and North State Symphonies, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore and Camerata Notturna.   Ms. Place was featured in the Cleveland Orchestra’s video conference with Alan Gilbert and was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as ‘the epitome of poise and intelligence.’ An active chamber musician, Ms. Place has appeared as violinist and violist in the United States and Europe appearing at Encore, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Yellow Barn, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Holland Music Sessions, and Verbier.  She has appeared at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival with Claude Frank, Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, and the French Embassy in Madrid. She was featured on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center as part of the National Symphony’s Beethoven Festival.
A founding member of ECCO***, she performs yearly tours on the east coast and beyond. ECCO, Absolute Ensemble, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting feature her on recent albums.
Annaliesa’s degrees include a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a M.M. from The Juilliard School.  Her teachers have included Vasile Beluska, David Russell, David Updegraff, Victor Danchenko, Robert Lipsett, and Robert Mann.  Annaliesa is on the faculty of the Dwight-Englewood School and is the founding director of String Society, a chamber music festival for exceptional string players.


Diego Garcia, cello

A Prizewinner in the Carolina Oramas Competition, Colombian cellist, Diego Garcia has toured extensively throughout Europe and Central America. An avid chamber musician, recording artist, and composer, Mr. Garcia was a founding member of the Astor String Quartet and Gibbs & Main, string ensembles that promote classical music of all styles including his original compositions and arrangements. Over the past decade, Diego has become a sought after composer for instrumental and choral works. His music has been broadcasted several times on NPR’s ‘Live from Hochstein’. Recent commissions have included the original score to the independent film Heart of Tango, Rochester Oratorio Society, and Gibbs & Main. In New York City, he presented several recitals in Alice Tully Hall with pianist David Bradshaw. Diego has premiered several works by living composers and he has been part of concert series at the Eastman School of Music, Wesleyan University, Albion Chamber Music Series, Back to Bach at the Harley School, and Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango.

Diego started his cello studies in Colombia with Aleksander Korjenko, where he won the Juventas Competition. At the age of 15, he won a cello position in the Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle and became the youngest musician to win a position in this ensemble. Diego received his B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Alan Stepansky.  Other teachers have included Alan Harris and Sato Knudsen. Currently, Diego is a conductor and cello instructor at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey.  He also teaches cello and directs the cello ensembles at the Thurnauer School of Music. He is the co-director of String Society, a one-week summer festival for string students. 

Repertoire includes

Bach Inventions arr. Bowstruck

Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia

Handel Sonata No 1 in D Major HWV 371 arr. Bowstruck

Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana arr. Bowstruck

Monti Czardas arr. Bowstruck

Paganini Cantabile arr. Bowstruck

Piazzolla Milonga de Angel and Adios Nonino arr. Bowstruck

Sarasate Zigeunerweisen arr. Bowstruck

Telemann Canonic Duos arr. Bowstruck

Diego Garcia is a quadruple threat: cellist, conductor, composer, coach. And he excels at them all. He inspired the next generation of string players, both in his studio and in his youth orchestra, at the Eastman Community Music School. As a core member of Gibbs & Main, Diego brought music to the masses with gigs in bars, churches, and concert halls, giving concerts for kids and performances for the rest of us. His compositions are tuneful and catchy, with an exotic edge that captures your ear, and makes you long to hear more. In his three appearances on my performance/interview show Backstage Pass, I was most deeply struck by Diego’s commitment and passion for all he does in music. His gifts are many; we are the lucky recipients, eagerly awaiting to see what’s next.Julia Figueras NPR WXXI , Classical Music Radio Host
Tango succeeds primarily because of this contrast, and because of the extremely high level of musicianship the individual members of Quartsemble bring to the album. Violinists Karine Stone and An-Chi Angel OuYang are electrifying, as they soar above the pulsating rhythm created by bassist Gaelen McCormick on the opening track, "Primavera Portena," composed by tango legend Astor Piazzolla. Cellist Diego Garcia and violist Marc Anderson perform intricate counterpoint that enhances the overall beauty of the whole without being obtrusive, also playing arresting lead parts. At times, the whole group seems to breathe as one, with McCormick's bass serving as its beating heart. The effect is exhilarating.Alexander M. SternAll About Jazz
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Diego Garcia writes music which is unique and unparalleled by any contemporary composer. Whether it's an original composition, a film score, or an arrangement the quality of the work and the understanding of a variety of styles is completely his own. He is capable of setting text for choir or soloists and instruments, of writing and conducting film scores, and of composing chamber music, or arranging orchestral works for either young players or for a professional orchestra. The works commissioned by Gibbs & Main are longstanding favorites of our audiences. His music is always loved in any concert setting and on our CD's, and we rarely program a concert without including at least one of Mr. Garcia's works.Karine Stone - Gibbs & Main Artistic Director

Past Performances

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall
Vivaldi, Bach, Giraudo, Geminiani
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Riverdale Sinfonietta - Soulful Strings
Bronx, NY
Glass, Rhim, Bruckner
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Sheen Arts Center for Thought And Culture
New York, NY 10012

Listen, Taste, Experience™ with award-winning pianist Elaine Kwon in the acclaimed music and food/wine pairing concert series, Savor Your Senses®. Joining Ms. Kwon on the Sheen stage will be master chef Ryan Smith, soprano Angelica de la Riva, cellist Diego Garcia, violinist Annaliesa Place, drummer Dan Weiner, and dancer Annmaria Mazzini. Enjoy expertly paired selections of music and flavor tastings and engage in Q & A discussions with performers. For true food enthusiasts, a limited number of tickets are available for a pre-concert VIP reception featuring a tasting menu of Chef Smith’s delicacies.
Tickets*: $39.50, $29.50, $19.50

*First 100 tickets are just $10. VIP supper/concert combo tickets: $95.00

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Montauk's 2015 Summer Series guest artists.
Montauk, NY
Tuesday 8/11
Pop-up kick off concerts around town with surprise performances from Music for
Montauk's 2015 Summer Series guest artists.

Thursday 8/13
Carnival of the Animals Concert - Saint-Saëns colorful animal caricatures bring out the BEAST in our
Chamber Orchestra of Two Pianos, Strings, Winds and Percussion. This family friendly
program will be held in our festival tent in a stunning setting.

Friday 8/14
Salon Espagnol with Music, Wine and Tapas from Spain - Be transported by Spanish guitar, strings and songs while enjoying wine and tapas in a spectacular sunset setting. Food and wine will be arranged by a sommelier and a leading local chef.

Saturday 8/15
"American" Music Concert at Third House - Featuring Dvořák's famous "American" String Quartet and celebrating
American Composers Copland, Ives and Harrison at our festival tent in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Monday, June 8, 2015
Dwight-Englewood Touring Orchestra
Concerts in England and Scotland
Monday, March 9, 2015
Music for Montauk
Montauk, NY
Vivaldi Four Seasons (Spring)
Rossini Sonata for 2 violins, cello, bass
Piazzolla Four Seasons (Spring)

Monday, February 23, 2015
Chamber Orchestra Workshop
Englewood, NJ
Thursday, February 19, 2015
315 East - Chamber Music Series
Dwight- Englewood
Englewood, NJ 07631
D'vorak Piano Quartet
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Dwight-Englewood Symphony Orchestra
Hajjar - Upper School Arts Festival
Englewood, NJ
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Dwight-Englewod MS String Orchestra
Schenck Auditorium
Englewood, NJ
Friday, November 21, 2014
Dwight-Englewood Symphony Orchestra
Upper School Fall Concert
Englewood, NJ
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Bowstruck - Private Event
Aspen, Colorado
Violin: Annaliesa Place,
Cello: Diego Garcia

Handel-Halvorsen, Sarasate, Handel
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
315 East Chamber Ensemble
Hajjar Auditorium - Dwight-Englewood School
Performing works by Piazzolla, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Sarasate
Monday, February 3, 2014
Weill Recital Hall
New York, NY
Performing original composition - Aurora Borealis
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
New England Tour
Performing original composition - Aurora Borealis
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Bowstruck - Private Event
Aspen, Colorado
Violin: Annaliesa Place,
Cello: Diego Garcia

Handel-Halvorsen, Sarasate, Handel
BowstruckDiego’s violin/cello duo he formed with his wife, Annaliesa Placehttp://www.bowstruck.com
Gibbs & MainDiego founded the string quintet, Gibbs & Main, and has enjoyed writing several original compositions for this Rochester based ensemble.http://gibbsandmain.com/
Dwight-Englewood | String Society and Violin KaleidoscopeA one week festival for talented students that Diego co-directs with Annaliesa Place.http://www.d-e.org/stringsociety
ECCOAlong with a collective of musicians, Annaliesa founded ECCO in 2001 and has since enjoyed performing yearly tours with this group.http://www.eccorchestra.org
ClassNotesA non-profit chamber music society founded by our friend, Sharon Roffman, specializes in presenting school workshops, residencies, and public performances for students and communities.http://www.classnotesinfo.org
Hermosa Beach CafeIf you ever find yourself in Hermosa Beach (Los Angeles), visit the delicious and healthy café that Annaliesa’s cousin, Amber Caudle, recently opened.http://thesourcecafehb.com
Lisa-marie MazzuccoLong Island based classical music photographer Lisa-Marie Mazzucco. Lisa Marie Mazzucco, photographer and make up artist, Montauk, New York, NY.http://lisamazzucco.com
Aestheticize MediaWeb/graphic designhttp://www.aestheticize.com

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Diego Garcia
Moon Currents
Gibbs & Main
from Terra Nova
In the Night Final
In The Night
Diego Garcia

Original Soundtrack

DIiego A. Garcia
Original Soundtrack from "The Heart Of Tango"
Knowledge of Motion
from Original Soundtrack for The Heart of Tango
Diego A. Garcia
Original Soundtrack from "The Heart Of Tango"
No Past Nor Future In Tango


Libertango Cello Quartet
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Diego Garcia)
Primavera Porteña
From Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas



Brahms - Symphony No. 4
(3rd Mvt)
Barber - The School for Scandal Overture


String Jam - The Dwight-Englewood School - YouTube
The Dwight-Englewood School String Ensemble Performs Diego A. Garcia's Aurora Borealis. Director: Annaliesa Place Video by: Bryan Rubin (D-E 14) Hansub Shin ...




The Heart of Tango - YouTube
What is argentine tango? What makes it different form other dances? The core factors that define tango as a personal dance are examined in this film by ameri...