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Pianist Washington Garcia performs solo concert at PSU

October 21, 2011 12:00AM


The Pittsburg State University Solo and Chamber Music Series continues on Friday, Oct. 28, with a solo concert by pianist Washington Garcia. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Recital Hall on the PSU campus.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Garcia began his musical studies at the age of 6. The success of his first public performance led him to perform at the most important cultural centers in Ecuador and he quickly became a seasoned veteran of the concert platform.

Garcia earned a bachelor of music degree from the National Conservatory of Music in Ecuador and then was chosen from a large field of contestants from 33 countries by the Kennedy Center to receive one of two $25,000 grants awarded to pianists in its Fellowships of the Americas Program. As a result, he came to the United States to begin intensive piano studies at the Peabody Institute at John's Hopkins University, where he earned master's and doctoral degrees. At the age of 25, Garcia became the youngest Latin American to have received a doctoral degree in piano performance from the university.

Currently assistant professor of piano at Texas State University-San Marcos, Garcia has performed on concert stages around the world and has received numerous awards and honors. At Texas State University-San Marcos, Garcia is the coordinator of the piano department. He also teaches at the Austin and Green Valley Chamber Music Festivals and has been sponsored by Continental Airlines since 1997.

Tickets for the concert are $12 for the general public and $8 for persons over 65 or under 18. Full-time PSU students are entitled to a free ticket. Tickets are available in advance from the PSU Ticket Office, 620-235-4796, and at the door the evening of the performance. For information about the Solo and Chamber Music Series, contact the Department of Music, 620-235-4466.

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