Cappella Mediteranea

García Alarcón


“Like certain physicists, I believe that time does not exist and music allows us to resurrect the souls of composers.”
Leonardo García Alarcón

Leonardo García Alarcón is a harpsichordist, conductor, choirmaster and composer, who also has vast experience in opera. He sets himself apart with his in-depth knowledge of the repertoire, as well as the genius and audacity of his interpretations, as he constantly strives to rekindle the elemental force of music and transmit emotion.


“Above all, he is a great conduit of emotion. He has many identities and is at once a learned musicologist and a showman. He can elicit the enthusiasm of an entire hall with the most varied repertoire, from a street dance version of Indes Galantes to the St. Matthew Passion.”
Charles Sigel for Forumopera in June 2022

“Rarely have I met a conductor who is as interested in theatre, dramaturgy, schools of thought, and the relationship between music and text.”
Jean-Yves Ruf, stage director

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Leonardo García Alarcón is born in La Plata, Argentina.


He arrives Geneva to enroll in harpsichordist Christiane Jaccottet’s class at the Conservatoire de Musique.


He founds the Cappella Mediterranea ensemble.


He is appointed instructor of Maestro al Cembalo at Geneva’s Haute École de Musique.


He becomes conductor of the Chœur de chambre de Namur.


He records Michelangelo Falvetti’s unforgettable oratorio, Il Diluvio universale, at the Festival d’Ambronay.


He presents Francesco Cavalli’s Elena at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to great critical acclaim, marking the beginning of numerous opera productions.


He acquires Swiss nationality.


He composes the missing third act of Antonio Draghi’s opera, El Prometeo.


He is named Forum Opera’s top conductor of the year after triumphantly directing Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Indes Galantes at Paris’ Opéra Bastille.


Release of his Orfeo recording, which is lauded by critics as the new benchmark for recordings of Monteverdi’s masterpiece.


He conducts Lully’s acclaimed Atys in Geneva and Versailles, in a production staged and choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj.


He composes and directs La Passione di Gesù, an oratorio inspired by the Gospel of Judas, the remnants of which are conserved at the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny.

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Cappella Mediterranea

This ensemble founded by Leonardo García Alarcón in 2005 explores a vast repertoire ranging from baroque music to Argentine tango.

La Cité Bleue

In 2021, Leonardo García Alarcón took over as director of La Cité Bleue, a 300-seat concert venue in Geneva that is currently being renovated. Set to open in 2024, its programming already began in 2023, with an initial season off-site.

Chœur de Chambre de Namur

Leonardo García Alarcón took over this highly acclaimed vocal group in 2010. The choir collaborates with Cappella Mediterranea and the Millenium orchestra in a wide range of musical projects, including operas, spatial music concerts and more intimate formats.

Teaching activities

For Leonardo García Alarcón, transmitting knowledge and music is of the utmost importance. Despite an extremely busy schedule, he continues to teach Maestro al Cembalo at Geneva’s Haute École de Musique, a position he has held for over 20 years. He encourages his ensembles to continue to evolve through tailor-made programmes for schools, community centres and hospitals. He enjoys interacting directly with audiences at pre-concert events and sees digital technology as an invaluable tool that can facilitate access to his concerts and the educational content he produces, which includes lectures, documentaries, and other resources.

Guest conductor

Leonardo Garcia Alarcón is regularly invited to direct the most prestigious orchestras on stages all over the world. For instance, he has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Accentus chamber choir and Laurence Equilbey’s Insula Orchestra. He is a regular guest at Les Violons du Roy (Montreal), the Gulbenkian Orchestra & Choir (Lisbon), and, more recently, Vocalconsort Berlin and the Freiburger Barockorchester in Sasha Waltz’s production of Orfeo.  Last season, he conducted the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra in Pierre Audi’s production of Acis and Galatea.

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Après avoir étudié le piano en Argentine, Leonardo García Alarcón s’installe en Europe en 1997 et intègre le Conservatoire de Genève dans la classe de la claveciniste Christiane Jaccottet. C’est sous l’égide de Gabriel Garrido qu’il se lance dans l’aventure baroque…

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Prizes and awards

2019 Fundación Konex decade award (Argentina) – Conductor category

2019 Best conductor award, Forum Opéra / 2019 Best production award for Les Indes galantes, Opéra Bastille, Cappella Mediterranea, under the direction of Leonardo García Alarcón, Forum Opéra.

2020 Best Performance award for Les Indes Galantes, Opéra Bastille, Oper!Awards