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.