Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia has conducted orchestras in North America, South America and Europe, and has participated as assistant conductor 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 has been selected to participate in prestigious masterclasses with Edo de Waart, Neeme Jarvi, and Paavo Jarvi, among others, and has received conducting degrees from Bard College and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Diaz Garcia started her musical career as an oboist and pianist, receiving degrees in both instruments, playing in orchestras in Spain, Germany and England and recording as soloist for the Spanish Television. She was awarded a tenured position from the Ministry of Education to teach oboe in National Conservatories in Spain and held professorships in Murcia and Madrid.
Ms. Diaz Garcia is a strong advocate of new music, commissioning new works and having performed many premieres. She currently serves as Conducting Fellow/Assistant Conductor of Orchestras at the Bowling Green State University, where she is pursuing a Doctorate in Contemporary Music.