Violinist Pala García is a devoted chamber musician and has performed in this capacity at various music festivals around the world, including Saito Kinen (Japan), Nymphenburger Sommermusik, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Aspen, and Sarasota, among others, and is a regular participant at Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (England). As a former Academy Fellow of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, she performed in this world-renowned ensemble and its conductor-less chamber orchestra on multiple tours, subscription series, radio broadcasts, and recording projects for the Deutsche Grammophon label. Ms. García has appeared as a guest on numerous occasions with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Either/Or, and many other fine New York based ensembles.
Ms. García’s interest in new music has led to performances at festivals such as Klangspuren Schwaz (Tirol), where she worked with composer Heinz Holliger; the Lucerne Festival Academy, with Georg Friedrich Haas; Musica Viva (Munich); and varied performances at experimental New York venues like The Kitchen, Miller Theater, Roulette, Issue Project Room and others.
Ms. García explores music from around the world as a member of Falu, a Hindustani band, and the Toomai String Quintet, among others. As a member of the Toomai String Quintet, Ms. García has also co-designed numerous educational concert programs, led musical workshop intensives, and delved wholeheartedly into community engagement work across the country, working with students of all ages as well as patient and inmate populations in medical facilities and correctional facilities.
Ms. García made her solo orchestra debut at age 11, and has since performed as a soloist with the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Palo Alto Philharmonic, among others. Born in San Francisco, Ms. García is an alumna of the Juilliard School, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees with Naoko Tanaka and Joel Smirnoff. Her previous teachers include Dame Camilla Wicks and Elise Christianson. Ms. García is extension division faculty at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.