Alfredo Garcia Jr., 62
Financial advisor
Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Cuba/United States

Born in Cuba, Alfredo Garcia Jr. began studying piano when he was 8, and was preparing to enter the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory at 14 when his family relocated to Madrid, Spain. After studying briefly at the Conservatorio Real de Madrid, he moved to New York City in 1970 to further his musical pursuits at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. But when his father became ill, he was drawn away from the piano and eventually became a financial analyst. Throughout his life—which has included a successful and busy career (he now serves as first vice president and senior international financial advisor for Merrill Lynch/Bank of America), marrying his college sweetheart and raising three daughters, and extensive travel—Mr. Garcia has never given up on his first love, the piano. He diligently practices daily and has continued to take lessons throughout his adult life. He is the winner of the 2014 Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest, which was determined by an online vote.


Preliminary Round
RACHMANINOV   Moment musical in C Major, op. 16, no. 6
SCRIABIN   Etude in D-sharp Minor, op. 8, no. 12

Quarterfinal Round
CHOPIN   Andante Spaniato and Grand Polonaise Brillante, op. 22

Semifinal Round
SCHUBERT   Fantasy in C Major, op. 15 (“Der Wanderer”)
CERVANTES   “Mensaje;” “Interrumpida;” and “La Carcajada” from Danzas Cubanas

Final Round
SCHUMANN   Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54: I. Allegro affetuoso