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Dr. Washington Garcia - University of Nebraska - Omaha

Ecuadorian-American pianist Dr. Washington García began his musical studies at the age of 6. Among his teachers have been Genoveva Granja, Toshko Stoyanov, Ann Schein, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Julian Martin. Dr. García holds a bachelor of music from theNational Conservatory of Music in Ecuador, and master's and doctoral degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated at the age of 25 as the youngest Latin American to have received a doctoraldegree in piano performance from that prestigious university.

From a very early age, Dr. García became a seasoned veteran of the concert platform, performing extensively throughout his native country. Since his debut with the Ecuadorian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, he has been an active recitalist, soloist, and lecturer in prestigious venues in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Israel, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. His most recent performance at the National Recital Hall in Taiwan was received favorably by the critics and audience, leading to further engagements in Asia in the upcoming season. In the United States, he has offered solo recitals and master classes in almost 30 states.

Dr. García has performed with orchestras in South America, the Middle East, and the United States, including a last-minute invitation to perform Mozart's Double Piano Concerto with the Green Valley Chamber Orchestra in Las Vegas. He also toured Italy with the Texas State University Chamber Orchestra, performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Most recently, Garcia was featured as guest soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro PeterBay. Dr. García served on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Texas State University, and is currently the Director of the School of Music at University of Nebraska - Omaha.