About PALA

Pala Garcia is a critically acclaimed violinist, balancing a full performance schedule with her work as an educator and advocate of community engagement. As the co-founder of Longleash, an “expert young trio” (Strad Magazine) specializing in contemporary music, she also co-leads the Loretto Project, a graduate-level composition seminar and concert series in Kentucky.

Ms. Garcia has performed as a guest on numerous occasions in some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern. Ms. Garcia has been active in community engagement projects led by Carnegie Hall and the Weill Music Institute since 2010, working with a diverse group of New Yorkers to create music in environments that need music the most, including prisons, shelters and hospitals. Ms. Garcia is on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program,  which serves talented young students from backgrounds underrepresented in the American performing arts. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School, and is pursuing her doctoral studies in music performance as a Graduate Center Fellow at CUNY.


LONGLEASH | a (new music) piano trio

My group LONGLEASH (violin, cello, piano) is a group with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by music with unusual sonic beauty, an inventive streak, and a truthful cultural voice, Longleash extends a love of classical chamber musicianship to the interpretation of contemporary music, crafting performances that are both dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad Magazine), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy.

Longleash balances a full performing schedule with commissioning and recording projects and the trio’s own summer festival, The Loretto Project (KY). Recent and upcoming concerts include appearances at EMPAC (Troy, NY), the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany (NYC), The Kaufman Center, Center for New Music (CA) and the Green Music Center (CA). The trio takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a recently declassified CIA operation designed to disseminate the work of American avant-garde artists throughout Europe during the Cold War.