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"Music in live performance is one of our most powerful tools — it touches people directly and transcends ideologies"

Described as “A dynamic performer…. with a sensitive, natural gesture and musical phrasing, a clear command of orchestral forces” and “an extraordinary, talented conductor”,  Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia has broad experience with baroque and romantic repertoire and is a strong advocate of new music, having performed many premieres.  Her performance has been described as “nothing shy of brilliant”. 

Mercedes Diaz Garcia started her musical career as an oboist and pianist in Spain where she received degrees in both instruments. She played in orchestras in Spain, Germany, and England, and performed as soloist, including an appearance on Spanish national television. She also held a tenured position teaching oboe in the Spanish National Conservatories and held professorships in both Murcia and Madrid, Spain.

As a conductor she received degrees from Bard College in New York, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Her talent was duly recognized when she was selected to participate in various prestigious masterclasses with Edo de Waart, Neeme Jarvi, and Paavo Jarvi, among others. She has since conducted orchestras in North America, South America and Europe, and has participated in festivals such as MIMO in Sao Paolo (Brazil), National Music Festival (USA), Pacific Region International Music Academy (Canada), and the International Conductors Festival (Ukraine). 

She currently serves as Conducting Fellow at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she is pursuing a Doctorate in Contemporary Music in between her various guest appearances. Recent performances include the Opera Ophelia Forever (Amy Beth Kirsten), Lutoslawski’s piano concerto, the ballet Giselle (Adolph Adams), La Boheme (Puccini) and Sign Sounds by Earle Brown.