"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 directors today, Marco Antonio García de Paz was born in Luanco (Asturias), studied violin and conduction at the Basque Country Music Centre ‘Musikene’. Among his professors are Peter Phillips, Gabriel Baltés, Johan Duijck, Lászlo Heltay and Javier Busto. He has more than 60 national and international awards: Best conductor in the International Competition ‘Prof. Georgi Dimitrov’ (Bulgaria) and ‘Internationale Koorwedstrijd van Vlaanderen’ (Belgium); twice winner of the ‘Gran Premio Nacional de Canto Coral’.

He is the conductor and founder of the choir ‘El León de Oro’, with which he has performed throughout Spain, Europe, Africa and the USA and Principal Director of the Youth Choir of Andalusia since 2019. Marco Antonio is regularly invited to conduct numerous professional choirs such as the Coro RTVE, Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Coro de Madrigalistas de Bellas Artes de Ciudad de México or Coro Nacional de España. Renowned professor, he has taught at the Milano Choral Academy and the Conservatory of the Principality of Asturias. He has performed in the festivals in Granada, Úbeda and Baeza, Seville, Salamanca, León, SMR Cuenca, Música-Musika de Bilbao, Festival de Música Española de Cádiz, Otoño Musical Soriano, Arte Sacro de Madrid, Conciertos del Auditorio de Oviedo, Early Music Morella, cycles of the CNDM, National Heritage Concerts, Donostiarra Musical Fortnight, as well as numerous venues abroad.

He has worked with artists such as Leopold Hager, Friedrich Haider, Jordi Savall, Pablo González, Christoph König, Jaime Martín, Pinchas Steinberg, Manuel Hernández Silva and Peter Phillips.

He has recently conducted the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Oviedo Filarmonía, and the Orquesta Joven Barroca de Andalucia. Among his immediate projects stand out his appearances as conductor with the German Requiem of Brahms and the Youth Orchestra and Choir of Andalusia, collaborations with Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips, concerts in Mexico City and activities with the ‘Accademia corale Italiana’. He premieres new works regularly and records for labels such as Hyperion, Naxos or RTVE Música.

He is the main conductor of the RTVE Choir since 2021.

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»