"Garcia offered and exquisite and refined performance, and showed a thorough preparation of the orchestra"
Martin Garcia's conducting career spans over twenty years. In the last two years he conducted 120 performances including symphonic concerts, opera and ballet.
In 2016 and 2017 he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay (SODRE), one of the pioneering state-funded orchestras in South America. During this period, in which the orchestra celebrated its 85th Anniversary, Garcia programed and conducted a hectic schedule that included over 140 performances, including gala concerts, opera, ballet, recording, touring and numerous outreach and community-engaging activities. Garcia also led the orchestra through the world and national premiere of several works, its first extensive national tour in a decade, and produced a series of televised and streamed concerts.
Garcia also worked as a guest conductor with twenty orchestras in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Ukraine and the United States. Soloists he collaborated with include Nelson Freire, Jean-Louis Steuermann, Homero Francesch, and Vladimir Feltsman.
For seven years Garcia was Music Director and Conductor of the National Ballet of Uruguay (BNS-SODRE), one of the premiere ballet companies in South America. Garcia conducted all performances with live music, working alongside choreographers and masters such as Natalia Makarova, Ronald Hynd, Marcia Haydée, Anna Maria Holmes, and Julio Bocca; and dancers like Marianela Nuñez, María Noel Riccetto and Jose Manuel Carreño. In 2016 he conducted ten performances of Coppelia at Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) and Teatros del Canal (Madrid) during the company's acclaimed tour of Spain.
Recently Garcia conducted two successful productions of La Traviata and L'Italiana in Algeri in Montevideo. His symphonic repertoire ecompasses all styles and eras, and his ballet repertoire includes nearly all classic ballets (Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, La Sylphide, La Bayadere, etc.).
His collaboration in a symphonic tango project with Grammy-winning bandoneon player Raul Jaurena resulted in equally succesful concerts in New York and Montevideo.
Martin Garcia is Professor of Conducting at the Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay). In 2010 he was conferred the Morosoli Award for contributions to the culture of his country. In 2014 the Solis Theatre of Montevideo acknowledged Garcia for his contribution to the cultural life of the city. Garcia was a Second Prize Winner at the Vakhtang Jordania Conducting Competition in Kharkov.
Born in Montevideo in 1976, Garcia received his early education in piano and violin, later taking composition, choral and orchestral conducting. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Conducting in Montevideo, before earning his Master's degree at the University of Northern Colorado (USA). Later he attended the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, taking lessons with Gianluigi Gelmetti.