PHOTO COURTESY OF GARCIA FAMILY
Alfredo Garcia Jr. has managed to blend a high level career in finance with his love for the piano
Longtime resident wins Van Cliburn competition
DECEMBER 12, 2014 LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY GLORIA GEANNETTE
MANAGING EDITOR |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
Alfredo Garcia Jr., a longtime Ridgewood resident, who recently moved to Ho-Ho-Kus, has achieved every amateur pianist’s dream – he was named the winner of the highly competitive Van Cliburn Amateur Video Contest. Forty entrants from six countries and 19 U.S. states submitted five to ten-minute performance videos. Garcia won with more than 1600 votes. His win grants him automatic entry into the seventh International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs to be held in the summer of 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The contest drew more than 66,000 views from 97 countries, with 3,286 voters casting 11,041 total votes. Each person was allowed to vote for his or her favorite once per day during the 15-day voting period.
How were you introduced to the piano?
Born in Havana, Cuba, on Nov. 24, 1953, I felt a very strong connection to classical music from an early age. Inspired by two cousins who were studying the piano, I pleaded with my parents to take lessons. I was 8 years old when I truly began playing; and I was very fortunate to have excellent, classically-trained teachers who instilled me with an “old school” foundation and a passion for the great masters .