Ecuadorian-American pianist 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 the National 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 doctoral degree in piano performance from that prestigious university.
The success of his first public performance at the age of 6 led Dr. García to perform at the most important cultural centers in Ecuador. He was awarded first prizes at the Guillermo Wright-Vallarino National Piano Competition held in Quito, the Elizabeth Davis Memorial Piano Competition and the 19th International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C., the 2004 Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, and the Harrison Winter Piano Competition. As the winner of the Concerto Competition at the Peabody Institute, Dr. García was selected to perform with the Peabody Concert Orchestra. He was also a top prizewinner at the Yale Gordon Piano Competition, the Russell Wonderlic Piano Competition, and a finalist at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Since his debut with the Ecuadorian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, Dr. García has been an active recitalist, soloist, and lecturer in prestigious venues in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States, where he has offered solo recitals and master classes in almost 30 states. Dr. García's international debut took place in Santiago, Chile, where he performed for former President Patricio Aylwin at the Claudio Arrau International Piano Seminar. Subsequently, he was chosen from a large field of contestants from 33 countries by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. to receive one of two $25,000 grants awarded to pianists in its Fellowships of the Americas Program.
Dr. García has performed with several orchestras around the world, 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, and he was recently featured as guest soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Peter Bay. Dr. García has performed and recorded for Radio Television Hong Kong, Opus Classical Radio in Mexico City, WFMT in Chicago, TV Spain, Rogers Broadcasting Company in Canada, and worldwide broadcasts through Univision. He has also been featured in several journals and magazines including the Austin and Texas Monthly, Time Out Jakarta, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, The Washington Post, and several others in Asia, North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
In addition to awards granted by the Peabody Institute and the Ecuadorian government, including the prize "Monseñor Leonidas Proaño" and the award "Al Mérito Laboral," Dr. García received sponsorship by United Airlines to perform concerts abroad. He was also named a Presser Scholar and grant recipient by the Presser Music Foundation. He has received awards by Texas State University including the Texas State Quarterly Team Award in recognition of outstanding service as well as the Friends of Fine Arts Awards for Scholarly/Creative Activities and Service. Dr. García was a recipient of a full scholarship by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in addition to scholarships by The Lloyds Bank, The Zaldumbide Rosales Foundation, and the British Embassy in Ecuador.
As an academic administrator, Dr. García is currently the assistant director in the School of Music at Texas State University, where he also served as coordinator of the keyboard area. Dr. García is the founder and artistic director of the Texas State International Concert Series, which was favorably received and strongly supported by the community and corporations to raise scholarships for music students. The International Concert Series' first season attracted renowed performing artists including Manuel Barrueco, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Margo Garrett, and Misha Quint. Additionally, Dr. García is the founder and director of the Texas State International Piano Festival, aimed to support artists around the world, especially those in financial need, in order to foster their artistic development, create an international network of musicians from varied backgrounds, and give them the opportunity to study with some of the most famous performing artists in the world. As Keyboard Area coordinator, Dr. García built strong academic programs, recruited students at the state/national/international levels, and attracted a diverse, outstanding faculty body. Under the leadership of Dr. García, Texas State University's School of Music has seen a considerable increase in recruitment and financial support towards scholarships. Dr. García is also the director of the annual Young Artist Piano Competition as well as co-chair of the Austin District Teachers Music Association's judging committee.
Dr. García served on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and is a faculty member at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy and the Peabody Piano Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. He will join the faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha as founding Director of the School of Music on January 2016.
Washington García became a Steinway Artist on 2014 and a citizen of the United States on March 2013.