Leonardo García Alarcón
After studying piano in Argentina, Leonardo García Alarcón moved to Europe in 1997 and entered the Geneva Conservatory in the class of harpsichordist Christiane Jaccottet. It was under the aegis of Gabriel Garrido that he embarked on the Baroque adventure. In 2005, he created his ensemble Cappella Mediterranea, a responsibility that he combined shortly afterwards with that of the Millenium Orchestra, which he founded to accompany the Namur Chamber Choir, of which he became artistic director in 2010. He divides his time between Geneva, where he teaches the class of Maestro al cembalo at the Haute Ecole de Musique, France, Ambronay, as a regular pillar of the Ambronay Festival, artist in residence at the Dijon Opera, Belgium, but also sporadic returns to his native South America.
He is best known for his passion for little-known or forgotten masterpieces and his talent for rediscovering them. With Cappella Mediterranea, he successfully revived Michelangelo Falvetti's oratorios Il Diluvio Universale and Nabucco at the Ambronay Festival. We owe him the rediscovery of Cavalli's operas: Elena and Erismena at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2013 and 2017, Eliogabalo, to open the 2016 Paris Opera season, Il Giasone in Geneva, Antonio Draghi's El Prometeo in 2018 at the Dijon Opera, and again in Dijon La Finta Pazza by Francesco Sacrati, the very first opera imported from Italy to Paris
As a conductor or harpsichordist, he is invited to festivals and concert halls around the world. He is a regular guest of Les Violons du Roy in Canada, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. In November 2018, he conducted Monteverdi's Orfeo in Sasha Waltz's staging at the Berlin Staatsoper, a production that is revived in 2022 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, for a new critical and public success. He was recognized as best conductor in the 2019 Forum Opéra Awards, notably after his triumphant direction of Rameau's Les Indes Galantes at the Opéra Bastille. In September 2022, he conducted for the first time the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra for its annual Gala, in Handel's Acis & Galatea.
In 2022, he conducted a new production of Lully's Atys, directed by Angelin Preljocaj in Geneva and Versailles. Shortly thereafter, he conducted a St. Matthew Passion by Bach with Cappella Mediterranea at the Seine Musicale and the Dijon Auditorium, which received rave reviews. He returned to the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July with the success of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea, directed by Ted Huffman. That same year, a new chapter in his career opened with the premiere of his oratorio La Passione di Gesù, his first major contemporary composition, magnificently received by the public at the Ambronay Festival and at the Victoria Hall in Geneva.
In 2020, Leonardo García Alarcón was appointed director of La Cité Bleue, a performance hall of more than 300 seats in Geneva, which will open its doors in 2024 and whose programming will begin in 2023 with a first season outside the walls.
His discography is unanimously acclaimed by the critics. In 2021, he released a number of discs with Cappella Mediterranea, recorded during the lockdowns, including Monteverdi's Orfeo (Alpha classics) with Valerio Contaldo, and Bach before Bach (Alpha classics), with violinist Chouchane Siranossian. In 2022 has been released Handel's Semele with Millenium Orchestra and the Chamber Choir of Namur (Ricercar), before the world premiere of Sacrati's La Finta Pazza (Versailles spectacles) with Cappella Mediterranea. In 2023, Amore Siciliano (Alpha Classics), a "little Tosca" that he has imagined from popular and erudite music of 17th and 18th century Italy, will be released.
Leonardo García Alarcón is « Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres ».