"You have a way of being present and always in command, but never disruptive; you allow the singers to shine. This is most impressive to me”. J. Šrámek (The Rose Ensemble)

Considered one of the boldest and most creative choir conductors today, Marco Antonio García de Paz was born in Luanco (Asturias), studied violin and later conducting at the Centro Superior de Música del Pais Vasco (‘Musikene’). His teachers include Peter Phillips, Gabriel Baltés, Johan Duijck, Lászlo Heltay and Javier Busto. 

It has more than 60 national and international awards in places such as London, Arezzo, Maribor, Toulouse or Tours. He has received the award for best conductor in the International Competition «Prof. Georgi Dimitrov» held in Varna (Bulgaria) in 2005 and in the «Internationale Koorwedstrijd van Vlaanderen» – Maasmechelen in 2007. (Belgium). It has been proclaimed twice winner of the «National Grand Prize of Choral Singing», in its editions of 2003 and 2006.  In 2008 he was awarded the Annual Prize of the Asturian Choral Federation «Axuntábense» for his contribution to choral art. The «Asturian of the Month» distinction of March 2009 of the newspaper «La Nueva España» also stands out. He has received the «Guidoneum Award» in 2011 and the «Serondaya» for cultural innovation in 2014 for the «LDO» project. 

Conductor-founder of the choir «El León de Oro» (LDO), with which he has performed throughout Spain, Europe, Africa or USA and Main Conductor of the Young Choir of Andalusia (JCA) since 2019.

Marco Antonio García de Paz is regularly invited to conduct numerous professional choirs such as the Coro de Radio Televisión Española (OCRTVE), the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), the Coro de Madrigalistas de Bellas Artes de Ciudad de México (INBA) or the Coro Nacional de España (CNE) in its satellite cycle. He has also conducted major groups in Slovenia, Greece, Italy, France, Sweden, Portugal, United States, Venezuela, Morocco, Norway, England, Belgium or Bulgaria, in addition to being frequently claimed to conduct throughout Spain.

Renowned professor, he has taught at the Milano Choral Academy, in Milan and at the Superior Conservatory of the Principality of Asturias. He regularly teaches seminars and master classes in several European and Latin American cities, as well as taking part in international juries around the world.

Among the festivals in which he has performed are the International Music and Dance Festival of Granada, Cycles of the CNDM, Festival of Úbeda and Baeza, Week of Religious Music of Cuenca, Music-Musika of Bilbao, Concerts of the Auditorium of Oviedo, Festival de Cádiz, Otoño Musical Soriano, Arte Sacro de Madrid, Early Music Morella, Festival de Aranjuez or La Quincena Musical Donostiarra.

He has worked alongside artists such as Leopold Hager, Friedrich Haider, Rosen Milanov, Pablo González, Pierre Cao, Paul Dombrech, Maximiano Valdés, Paul Goodwind and Peter Phillips.

Among his immediate projects stand out his appearances with Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall, Cor de Cambra de Granollers, Oviedo Filarmonía and Lucas Macias, Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips, Festival of Granada, Cuenca and Aranjuez with ‘El León de Oro’ or the conduction of the Opera King Arthur’ of Purcell, in addition to commitments in Italy, Finland, Greece, Mexico or Taiwan. 

He regularly premieres new music by various composers and makes recordings for prominent labels such as Naxos Records, Hyperion Records or RTVE Music.

In 2017 the LDO celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding. It all began as a vocal group of passionate friends of singing and today it has become a solid project that is being revealed as a reference in Spain and abroad, as it has been stated by the public, critics and the invitations to the best festivals all over the world.

The group stands out for its versatility in terms of programs and has a variable geometry template, which allows them to offer all kinds of concerts with a wide repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque masters to the most avant-garde works.

LDO has offered a cappella music at prominent Spanish festivals, various European countries, the United States of America and Africa, and it also maintains a continuous collaboration with important Spanish orchestras, with which it has carried out works such as Bach´s Magnificat and the Passions according to San Juan and San Mateo, the Requiem by G. Fauré, the Requiem by W.A. Mozart, the Ninth Symphony by L.V. Beethoven, The Childhood of Christ by H. Berlioz or Daphnis and Cloe by M. Ravel, among others.

The choir has been invited to the “Musika-Music” Festival, Religious Music Week of Cuenca, with a concert on its own and another together with The Tallis Scholars under the conduction of Peter Phillips, Logroño Ancient Music Festival, Ancient Music Festival of Aranjuez, International Festival «Sacred Art» in Madrid, «Bilbao Arte Sacro», two concerts in coproduction with the National Center of Musical Diffusion in Oviedo and León and the interpretation of the Coronation Mass of W.A. Mozart with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, conducted by Leopold Hager.

Its greatest worldwide recognition was obtained in 2014 at the “London International a Cappella Choir Competition”, where the LDO won the first prize. The Grand National Prize of Choral Singing (2003 and 2006) also stands out, as well as the Grand Prize «Cittá de Arezzo», International Choir Contest of Flanders, International Competition of Tolosa and the International May Choir Competition of Varna (Bulgaria).

In 2019 the CD “Amarae Morti” was released, with the English label “Hyperion Records” with music by great Renaissance masters. This recording has been conducted by Peter Phillips, honorary conductor of LDO since November 2017.

In terms of education, since 2017 the LDO organizes the Masterclass of Choir Conduction, with the presence of prestigious conductors and students from different parts of the world. This training activity is directly linked to the intention of providing a service to the choral environment.

Recipients

  • 2008
    Grand Prize “Città di Arezzo” 56th International Polyphonic Contest “Guido d’Arezzo” (Italy)
  • 2003
    Winner of the «Grand National Singing Award»