Anthony Garcia
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Anthony Garcia
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Composer/Guitarist

Guitarist composer Anthony Garcia is a soulful artist who touches audiences with his unique ability to blend formality with colourful improvisatory flair. A highly trained classical musician well versed  in styles such as jazz, Latin folk and popular music Anthony manages to bring together the threads of these genres to create an original and communicative soundscape of universal appeal.

Continually composing new and exciting music for solo guitar alongside an ever increasing output of ensemble music, this year has seen the premier of several new works by Anthony including; City Scapes for Guitar, Piano, Soprano Saxophone and Cello performed at the opening concert of the Queensland Ballet's Soiree Classique series and Ulysses Blue for Guitar Orchestra and Didgeridoo premiered in Townsville with The Townsville Guitar Orchestra and Didgeridoo legend William Barton.

In February 2009 Anthony successfully toured Japan for the first time, performing his evocative music for solo guitar in Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Kobe.  Anthony worked with renowned Shakuhachi Master Mr Kifu Mitsuhashi, performing Anthony's composition Three Sketches for Guitar and Shakuhachi a work premiered in 2007 with Shakuhachi Master Riley Lee.

The 2008 release of the CD Moliendo Cafe received a five star rating from the ABC's Limelight magazine. This collaboration with Latin Harp virtuoso Sandra Real included an innovative blend of Baroque and Spanish romantic arrangements, Latin inspired improvisation and Spring Nocturne an original work by Garcia premiered at the Tyalgum Classical Music Festival in 2007.

Born in Houston, Texas, Anthony spent some years traveling with his family throughout South East Asia before moving to Brisbane, Australia where he began to study the classical guitar.  During his teenage years Anthony developed a love for rock and jazz that saw him play in a number of Brisbane rock groups and jazz ensembles.  Jazz offered Anthony the perfect outlet to further his innate desire to improvise. Being exposed to these different styles of music have helped shape Anthony's unique ability to compose and perform on the classical guitar.
In 1999, after 10 years of formal study, culminating in a Masters Degree in Music Performance Anthony returned to Mexico, basing himself in Merida, Yucatan. During his four years as artist a teacher at La Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan he established and directed a university guitar orchestra, a yearly guitar festival and a monthly recital series. The vibrancy of the Mexican people and their intrinsic love for music in day to day life further ignited his love for improvisation and composition and in 2003 Anthony returned to Australia dedicated to forging his own creative path.

The release in 2004 of his debut CD of original compositions Skyflyer led to highly successful tours throughout regional and metropolitan Australia.  The title track Skyflyer reaching the Final 5 of the OZ Music Awards in the classical category. The subsequent release of his second CD in October 2006 Malili Dreaming, saw an evolution in style and expression that has held audiences spellbound. The incorpora¬≠tion of new guitar techniques and effects inspired by diverse cultures and genres imbues this CD with a vibrant and unique quality reflecting the diverse background of Anthony's life living in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Mexico.

A dedicated educator Anthony continues to offer a broad range of workshops and lectures at universities, secondary schools and for the general public. His current workshop series One World One Music incorporates an open philosophy of music making utilising techniques and approaches from various traditions to inspire freedom and creativity in his students. Anthony is a instrumental teacher of guitar at QUT, Creative Industries Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia.

Anthony currently resides in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Jennifer and two sons Gabriel and Ruben.
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