Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Conductor Leonardo García Alarcón is one of the leading figures of Baroque music. With over twenty recordings under his belt, he has, however, also tackled other repertoire in his career.
Leonardo García Alarcón was born in 1976 in La Plata, Argentina. He first studied the organ and the harpsichord. At 21 he went to the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva to continue his musical education. He then became Assistant to Gabriel Garrido, head of the Elyma ensemble, and in 2005 he founded his own ensemble Cappella Mediterranea.
With this ensemble he took up a residency at the Ambronay's Centre Culturel de Rencontre in 2010. During this year he also became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chamber Choir of Namur.
Whilst in Ambronay, Leonardo García Alarcón made multiple recordings for the Centre’s music label. His reputation grew in this period thanks to his rediscovery of baroque composer Michelangelo Falvetti and the work II Diluvio Universale.
In the past few years he has been invited to conduct and play internationally at numerous festivals and concert halls, including at the Aix Festival in Provence (Handel’s Acis et Galatea in 2011 and Cavalli’s Elena in 2013) and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In 2013 he conducted Monteverdi’s Orpheus at the Ambronay Festival.
Five Landmark Dates in the Life of Leonardo García Alarcón
1997: Arrival in Europe, at the Geneva Conservatory
2005: Founded the ensemble Cappella Mediterranea
2010: Became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Namur Chamber Choir
2010: Spent 3 years in a residency, at the Encounter Center, Ambronay.
2013: Became Director of the Baroque Academy, Ambronay
Five Key Recordings by Leonardo García Alarcón
Michelangelo Falvetti, Il Diluvio Universale Cappella Mediterranea (conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón) Ambronay, 2011
"Barbara Strozzi, Virtuoso composer" Cappella Mediterranea (conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón) Ambronay, 2009
Handel, Judas Maccabeus - Chamber Choir of Namur, Les Agrémens (conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón) Ambronay, 2010
Giovanni Giogi, Ave Maria - Chamber Choir of Namur (conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón) Challenge Records Depot, 2011
Monteverdi - Piazzolla Cappella Mediterranea (conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón) Ambronay, 2012