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.
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.
Bach Inventions arr. Bowstruck
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. Stern All About Jazz
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
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
Pop-up kick off concerts around town with surprise performances from Music for
Montauk's 2015 Summer Series guest artists.
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.
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.
"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.
Rossini Sonata for 2 violins, cello, bass
Piazzolla Four Seasons (Spring)
Cello: Diego Garcia
Cello: Diego Garcia
In the Night Final
In The Night
DIiego A. Garcia
Original Soundtrack from "The Heart Of Tango"
Knowledge of Motion
from Original Soundtrack for The Heart of TangoLISTEN
Diego A. Garcia
Original Soundtrack from "The Heart Of Tango"
No Past Nor Future In TangoLISTEN
Libertango Cello QuartetLISTEN
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Diego Garcia)
From Cuatro Estaciones PorteñasLISTEN
String Jam - The Dwight-Englewood School - YouTube