Marco A. García de Paz, among the «EL LEÓN DE ORO» choir, the new conductorship at the JCA (Young Choir of Andalusia) and a year full of challenges

CODALARIO Magazine, January 3, 2020 – New Year, new challeng

By Mario Guada | @elcriticorn  

This past year was difficult one for Asturian choral conductor Marco A. García de Paz, known for his work at the head of the choir “El León de Oro” [LDO], which he founded more than two decades ago. To the “forum invitation to leave the administration”, where he held a position as professor of violin and chamber music at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Gijón, and after presenting, years ago, some disagreements with this in his stay as a choir teacher In the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Prinicpado de Asturias, García de Paz has spent just a few weeks of having a position as an official, to find himself fully involved in the life of the freelance, after requesting an exemption from the impossibility of making his task compatible teacher with the career on the stages. Within a few days this exemption was made public, it was known that the Spaniard had been selected as musical director of the Young Choir of Andaluacía, a formation dependent on the Anadaluz Program for Young Interpreters, supported by the Junta de Andalucía. García de Paz continues the path started years ago by his two previous headlines: Michael Thomas [2007-2010] and Lluis Vilamajó [2014-2017]. For him, this is a magnificent opportunity to work with a group he has described as “great talent and an atmosphere of special energy.”


At the same time, the Luanquin conductor continues to lead the Asturian group LDO, with which they have just offered three Christmas concerts sponsored by the technology company Satec, which is strongly supporting some of its activities. LDO, whose honorary conductor is the Englishman Peter Phillips, has just recorded his second CD next to it, which will be released in the coming months on the British label Hyperion Records and which is entirely dedicated to the work of the Spanish polyphonists of the Renaissance Francisco Guerrero . The group has also been recently chosen as the winner of the FestClassical Circuits in the category of Ancient Music, so they plan to perform at various festivals that make up these associations throughout 2020. As you have learned in exclusive CODALARIO, will be present in the integral cycle dedicated to the masses of Tomás Luis de Victoria that is carrying out National Heritage in the Barefoot Royals of Madrid, where they will interpret their Missa Salve Regina at 8, as well as in the programming of the next edition of the Ancient Music Festival Aranjuez and on the tour that Jordi Savall and his orchestra Le Concert des Nations will carry out in several European cities to perform the famous Beethoven Symphony No. 9. Moreover, they are planning a pop production season in the Principality of Asturias and some projects that will be announced shortly. For his part, García de Paz already has on the agenda commitments with groups, festivals and competitions throughout 2020 in countries such as Mexico, Italy, France, Greece and in Spain, where he will perform in Madrid – in front of the Spanish Radio and Television Choir – , Catalonia, Valencian Community, Aragon, Balearic Islands or Castilla y León.

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