Winner of the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Viola Prize at the Yale School of Music, Colombian Violist Raúl García has established himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Mr García holds a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor´s Degree in Music from Juan N. Corpas University; Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the prestigious Yale School of Music. He later continued his Doctorate studies at Rutgers University with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Violist C.J Chang. His main teachers include Octavio Carmona, Aníbal Dos Santos, Jesse Levine, Toby Appel, Ettore Causa and the Tokyo Quartet.
A passionate chamber music and solo performer Mr. García has appeared at the St. Lawrence Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, Innsbrook Institute, Zukerman's Young Artist Program, Pacific Music Festival, Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program, Menuhin Music Festival, Pro Música and the Esmeraldas International Music Festival. Recent discography projects include a CD for NAXOS titled ‘’Tango Distinto’’ with music of Astor Piazzola; along with trombone player Achilles Liarmakopoulos, as well as a collaboration with compositor Andy Akiho in his album “No one to know one’’.
Mr García is Principal Violist of the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra and serves on the viola faculties of Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas and Universidad Central in Bogotá. He also performs regularly with the Macondo Chamber Players Quintet.
Raúl plays on two contemporary violas made by Robert Brode (2004) and Sergio Peresson (1979).