...The Man of Flesh and Bone, a ballad sumptuously colored by Joaquin's gorgeous, expressive keyboard touch. ”

Jeff Potter, Downbeat Magazine

...arranger/pianist Joaquin Garcia deserves major props for his keeping the 10 tracks so fresh...this is finger-snapping stuff.”

Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

Bio English/Espanol

My story begins as most stories do; with curiosity.  My father was a professional drummer in Chicago for over a decade and one day when I was 3 years old, I found myself curiously listening to him practice as he was preparing for his next performance.  I imitated his movements and not long after, he was giving me lessons to begin to mold my energy for music.  I began playing drums professionally when I was 7 and had won some regional Chicago percussion competitions by age 9. Despite my success on drums/percussion, it was at this point that my family twisted my arm to learn "a more important instrument" i.e. the piano. The idea was that if I was to consider a career in music as they saw it, they wanted to me to be as musically independent as possible and thus began my change of musical direction.  Today I thank them, it was the right the decision for me. 

I began formal study of the piano at age 9 and trained as a classical pianist for the next 9 years. I would go on to win a couple piano competitions in 2005 on the city and state level for renditions of Chopin and Lecuona repertoire. In 2007,  I received a full tuition scholarship to attend Columbia College Chicago as a dual major in composition and performance in classical piano performance.  It was the first week in the semester that I first heard a Jazz pianist practicing and I could not resist the urge to figure it out.  I went to my director to request a field of study change and to my surprise was not only allowed but kept my financial awards as well granted I improved and focused beyond a satisfactory level.  I continued my study in the Jazz arts that would bring me to my study of Afro-Cuban music a year later as a supplement.  I began performing professionally my junior year in Chicago and graduated with honors in 2011.  After a year off of academia to acquire more experience and grit, I applied and was accepted with full scholarship to Northwestern University for my Masters in Jazz Studies.  I graduated with honors in 2014 and expanded my professional working base to include New York City and Miami metropolitan areas.  

I am now an national and international touring musician with projects in China, South Korea, Indonesia, and Mexico.  I continue to stay active nationally with festivals around the U.S. in 2014 and beyond with various performers.   I am a masterclass lecturer, recording artist, instructor, music director, and professional pianist in various music scenes with my own debut Jazz album expected to be released in the Fall of 2018.  I recently became a part of the US band for 6x Grammy Winner Gilberto Santa Rosa as keyboardist.  Stay tuned for more and listen...


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Mi historia comenzo como la mayoria de las historias, por curiosidad.  Mi Papa siendo por mas de 10 anos un baterista profesional en el area de chicago.  Un dia cuando yo tenia apenas 3 anos de edad me encontre lleno de curiosidad viendo y oyendo como practicaba para su proxima actuacion musical, yo empece a imitar sus movimientos y un corto tiempo despues me empezo a dar lecciones que empezaron a moldear mi energia por la musica.  Empeze a tocar la bateria  profesionalmente a la edad de 7 anos y gane varios concursos de bateria y percusion a la edad de 9 anyos en el area de chicago, a pesar de mi abilidad y dominio en la bateria y percusion en este punto mi familia "me torcio un brazo" y me animo a aprender un instrumento musical mas importante (ejemplo) el piano, la idea era que si yo iba a considerar una carrera en el mundo musical, como ellos lo entendian,querian que yo fuera musicalmente lo mas independiente posible y entonces decidi hacer mi cambio de instrumento musical.  Hoy les agradesco, fue la decision correcta para mi.
 
A los 9 años empese mis estudios formales de piano, estudiando piano clasico por los proximos 9 anyos, en 2005 gane algunas competencias de musica clasica a nivel local y estatal con las interpretaciones de Chopin y el repertorio de Lecuona.  In 2007, Columbia College Chicago me concedio una beca de matricula completa doble grado en composicion y interpretacion de piano en musica clasica, la primer semana de mi primer semestre escuche un pianista de Jazz practicando,no pude resistir la urgencia de entender ese estilo de musica, fui con mi director a pedir un cambio de campo de estudio y para mi sorpresa no solo me concedio el cambio si no ademas no me quitaron la ayuda financiera, me enfoque y mejore arriba de un nivel satisfactorio, continue mis estudios de la musica del arte del Jazz que me llevarian al estudio de la musica afro cubana como suplemento en el anyo siguiente, empece a tocar el piano profesionalmente en mi ultimo anyo de colegio y me gradue con honores en 2011.
 
Despues de un anyo fuera de la academia, para adquirir mas experiencia y madures, aplique y fui aceptado con una beca de matricula completa en la North Western University para una maestria en Jazz, me gradue con honores in 2014 y expandi mis areas de actuaciones profesionales tocando el piano en las ciudades de New York, Miami, y Memphis.  Ahora soy un Pianista con giras nacionales y internacionales con proyectos y actuaciones en China, Corea de Sur, Indonesia, Mexico y Espana.  Me mantengo activo nacionalmente con festivales en Estados Unidos, en 2014 y mas alla con varios musicos profesionales.  Soy un conferencista de clases magistrales, artista de grabación, instructor, director musical, y pianista profesional de varios estilos.   Mi propio Jazz album debut sera lanzado en 2016.