Pala Garcia, violin

Pala Garcia is a critically acclaimed violinist, balancing a full performance schedule with her work as an educator and advocate of community engagement. As the co-founder of Longleash, an “expert young trio” (Strad Magazine) specializing in contemporary music, she also co-leads the Loretto Project, a graduate-level composition seminar and concert series in Kentucky. 2015-2016 season highlights include solo and ensemble performances at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center (CA), National Sawdust (NY), The Kaufman Center, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany (NY), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (MA), Columbia University’s Miller Theater (NY), Roulette Intermedium (NY), and an artist residency with Longleash at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). Ms. Garcia has performed as a guest on numerous occasions in some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern. Ms. Garcia has been active in community engagement projects led by Carnegie Hall and the Weill Music Institute since 2010, working with a diverse group of New Yorkers to create music in environments that need music the most, including prisons, shelters and hospitals. Ms. Garcia is on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, an initiative designed to serve talented young students from backgrounds underrepresented in the American performing arts. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Joel Smirnoff and Naoko Tanaka. In the fall of 2016, Ms. Garcia will begin doctoral studies in music performance as a Graduate Center Fellow at CUNY.