Maria Garcia | piano
Maria began piano studies in her native Puerto Rico at the age of four making her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree as well as Doctoral studies from SUNY Stony Brook. Her main teachers have been Luz Hutchinson, Victor Rosenbaum and Gilbert Kalish.
An active chamber musician and soloist, Maria has performed throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America with groups like the Mark Morris Dance Company, her former Piano Trio Melànge, the Bamberg and Madawaska String Quartets, Musical Chairs Ensemble, and Poetica Musica participating in international festivals such as the Bergen and Casals Festivals.
As teacher she has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, CUNY Pre-College, New Jersey City University, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the Stony Brook Summer Chamber Music Festival. Now a Portlander she’s best known as one half of the dynamic 20 Digitus Duo, a joyous occasional collaborator with Third Angle Ensemble, a piano teacher and chamber musician.