Awards and Residencies


madera sonora for solo marimba was one of 21 finalists from over 150 submissions to the ZMF New Music Composition Contest. The work is scheduled for premiere during the 2008-09 season.


oscurecimiento gradual
received 2nd place in the Ariel piano composition competition from over 250 works submitted. In addition to a cash prize the work will be recorded by pianist Jeffrey Jacob for release on Capstone Records.


The San Diego based Noise ensemble selected el silencio despues de la lluvia for flute and guitar as one of 4 winners from over 200 submissions. Part of the award included a performance of the work as part of the SoundOn festival held in La Jolla, CA in June 2007.

II Premio Latinoamericano de Composicion 2005-06

Garcia’s work voces en la distancia for soprano and piano was winner of the 2nd Latin American Composition Prize held in Bogota, Colombia. The prize includes performances and publication by the Matiz Rangel publishers in Colombia.


In the spring of 2001 Paisaje del Sonido II (Soundscape II) for contrabass, string quartet and 3 performers playing glasses and chimes was awarded first prize from among 280 entries in the Sal Martirano composition competition held by the University of Illinois. In addition to a cash prize I was invited to conduct a performance of the work in September 2001 at the University of Illinois and to present a lecture on my music. The work was originally premiered in February of 2000 by bassist Luis Gomez Imbert and the Miami String Quartet and has since been performed several times by other performers including a recent performance by bassist Bertram Turetzky and faculty performers at the University of California in San Diego.


Awarded a $5000 prize in the music composition category for the 2001-2002 year.


sombras iluminadas for orchestra was selected as the outstanding orchestral work from over 50 submissions. In addition to the cash prize, a new work for cellist Maya Beiser was written for and premiered by Ms. Beiser as part of the award ceremony held 5/6/01 in NY at the Theater of the Riverside Church where I presented a pre-concert talk.


Visiting Artist residency at the American Academy in Rome. The residency period was from July 10 through July 31, 2000. During the residency the major portion of a new work for the Juilliard based Continuum ensemble was completed. The 15 minute work fragmentos romanos for soprano voice, violin, clarinet/bass clarinet and piano was premiered by the ensemble at the Festival Latinoamericano de Musica in held in Caracas, Venezuela, 11/00.


The Nuevas Resonancias Prize (New Resonance) is an award given to new solo and chamber music that features the guitar. fragmentos del pasado for guitar and string quartet received the prize in the fall 2000. Sponsored by the ministry of culture in Mexico, the award included a cash prize plus the premiere and recording of the work.


My work llovizna received the first prize in the solo glass harmonica category of the Thomas Bloch international competition for new works for the glass harmonica. The award included premiere performances in Europe.


Cintas Foundation Grant 9/99 (grants for architects, writers, visual artists, and composers that are Cuban or of Cuban decent), to cover part of the artistic fees for new works for the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar and the Toronto based ArrayMusic Ensemble ($10,000.00).

Cintas Foundation Grant 7/94 (grants for architects, writers, visual artists, and composers that are Cuban or of Cuban decent), to cover part of the artistic fees for new works for Marimolin, soprano Cheryl Marshall, Bert and Nancy Turetzky, and the New York Camerata ($10,000.00)


Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency for the completion of a new work for the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. The residency period took place from July 20 to August 18, 1999 in Bellagio, Italy. The result was the completion of a major portion of an 18 minute work for full orchestra. The work, vedute sonore da Bellagio (Sonic postcard from Bellagio) was completed in October 1999 and was premiered in the fall of 2002 in Caracas, Venezuela and released on New Albion Records (see performances and recordings).

FULBRIGHT: Salamanca, Spain

Fulbright Senior electronic cigarette china Lectureship Award: artist/lecturer at the Universidad de Salamanca and the Conservatorio de Segovia in Spain, September-December 1996, and for appearances during April-May 1997, and September 1997,

Activities during September-December 1996 (3 months):
(1) taught an analysis and composition course (in Spanish) for faculty and doctoral music students at the Universidad de Salamanca as well as a shorter version for the faculty at the Conservatorio de Segovia.

(2) lectured at the Universidad de Jaen on the American Experimental School (Jornadas Inglesas conference).

(3) composed two new works (voces, cuerdas, y metales, and un otoño en Salamanca)

(4) traveled to Italy, Holland, France, and Germany to lecture and meet with performers presenting my works.

During April-May 1996 (3 weeks):
(1) conducted the premiere of a new chamber work, un otoño en Salamanca, performed by the Camarata Kronos at the Festival of Contemporary Music held in Salamanca. Presented (in Spanish) a three day workshop on the music of Debussy, Webern, and Cage as part of the festival.

(2) attended the premiere of a-dios by the Ensemble Ciudad de Segovia at the International Music Festival held in Segovia. Also lectured on my work and was interviewed by the regional press (TV, Radio, print media).

(3) attended and gave a concert preview at the April 28, Madrid concert of my music presented at the Teatro Circulo de Bellas Artes featuring the Ensemble Ciudad de Segovia. The concert was sponsored by the Center for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music and was broadcast over National Radio throughout Spain. Coached the ensemble in Segovia prior to the concert and conducted the European premiere of Tres at the recital. Works performed included, Arcos, Fragmentos congelados, Musica para Segovia, and a-dios.

(4) presented composition and musical analysis workshops and lectured on my work (in Spanish) for faculty and advanced students at the conservatories in Asturias and Barcelona.

During September 1997 (one week):
(1) returned to Spain as guest composer at the International Music Festival in Alicante. Participation included the premiere of a new work, sombras iluminadas, by the Orquesta Ciudad de Malaga as well as the presentation of a week-long composition workshop/master class (in Spanish) for advanced student and young professional composers from Spain and other parts of Europe. The premiere performance of the orchestra piece was broadcast live on National Radio and interviews on radio and for several newspapers were realized. This visit was funded by the Fulbright Commission, the Alicante Festival, and the Center for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music in Spain.

FULBRIGHT: Caracas, Venezuela

Fulbright artist lecturer and composer in residence at the Center for Music and Acoustic Research and Documentation (Centro de Documentación e Investigaciones Acústico Musicales, CEDIAM) of the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas from September 1991 to July 1992 (junior lectureship). First musician awarded a Fulbright to Venezuela.

Activities during the 10-month stay included:

(1) The completion of 9 new works for a variety of media including orchestra, chamber, soloists, live electronics, and works with tape (see recently completed works);

(2) The presentation of master classes (in Spanish) on topics ranging from MIDI applications to composition and 20th century Art music in the US, Europe, and Latin America;

(3) The presentation of a concert of the composers works at the Teatro Teresa Carreño, sponsored by the US Embassy (USIS) and the Centro Venezolano Americano; Performances of sombras asimetricas, reflejos de modelos repetidos, paisaje del sonido, cancion, and colores ultraviolados (conducted by the composer).

(4) Assisted with the installation and development of the CEDIAM (Center for Music and Acoustic Research and Documentation) – including selection installation of software hardware;

(5) The presentation of an 8-week seminar (in Spanish) on the Score notation program for students of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and copyists from the Sojo Institute;

(6) Participation on several panels for composition competitions as well as part of the jury for the 1992 class of graduating composers (Bachelors level) at the Conservatorio Juan Jose Landaeta;

(7) Attendance as a representative of the CEDIAM and Sojo Institute (a major center for archiving and publishing Venezuelan music) at the Symposium on New Technologies for Notation held at Stanford University, CA 1/92;

(8) Participation as an invited guest composer at two major Festivals of contemporary music from Latin America (the Festival V Latinoamericano de Musica, premiere performance of transparente como el cristal, and the Foro de Compositores del Caribe, premiere performance of al borde del Avila; Was guest speaker at a Festival of Electronic Music (IV Festival de Musica Electronica,; Paper presentation “musica electronica vs musica electro-acustica”);

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