Martin Garcia joined the Milwaukee Symphony as assistant principal bassoonist in 2005. Prior to his appointment in Milwaukee, he was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. As an active freelance bassoonist in the Philadelphia area, he has been heard in many concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, in New York at Carnegie Hall, and at their summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY. Additionally, he played numerous performances with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Reading (PA) Symphony, the Philadelphia Singers, the Mendelssohn Club, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Philly Pops, the Opera Festival of New Jersey and others. As a chamber musician, he has been heard on the Bargemusic series in Brooklyn and in Manhattan with the both the America's Dream Chamber Artists and Wild Ginger Philharmonic chamber ensembles. He has also concertized with The Knights in New York, Dresden, and Dublin, and the Cincinnati Symphony on tour in Japan.
Mr. Garcia holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a scholarship student of Bernard Garfield, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he worked with William Winstead. As a Fulbright scholar, Mr. Garcia studied in Vienna with noted bassoon soloist and chamber musician, Milan Turkovic. He also credits Daniel Matsukawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra as a significant influence on his musical career.
Mr. Garcia has participated in the festivals of Sarasota, Florida, in France at the Rencontres musicales d'Evian, in Vienna at their festival of new music, Wien Moderne, and at the Verbier Academy and Festival in Switzerland. For three summers, he undertook advanced chamber music study at the Marlboro School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont, where he collaborated with members of some of America's leading orchestras and chamber music groups.
As an educator, Garcia has served on the bassoon faculty of the Temple University Music Prep Division, and continues to maintain a studio of private bassoon students. He has given talks or served on panels at Rutgers University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and prior to Milwaukee Symphony performances.
When not practicing or reed-making, Marty enjoys studying languages, bike rides along Lake Michigan, and frequenting his local Alterra.