Formed in 2013, Bowstruck is breaking ground as an exciting and unique violin and cello duo. Violinist Annaliesa Place and cellist Diego Garcia bring their passion for chamber music and all styles of music to their new musical partnership. In addition to the standard duo repertoire, Bowstruck performs arrangements of Bach, classical showpieces, jazz standards, tangos, and every style in between.


Annaliesa Place
violin
Annaliesa Place hails from Medina, Ohio and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Heidelberg Orchestra and has since appeared with orchestras throughout the United States including the Jackson, Peabody, and North State Symphonies, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore and Camerata Notturna.   Ms. Place was featured in the Cleveland Orchestra’s video conference with Alan Gilbert and was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as ‘the epitome of poise and intelligence.’ An active chamber musician, Ms. Place has appeared as violinist and violist in the United States and Europe appearing at Encore, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Yellow Barn, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Holland Music Sessions, and Verbier.  She has appeared at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival with Claude Frank, Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, and the French Embassy in Madrid. She was featured on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center as part of the National Symphony’s Beethoven Festival.
A founding member of ECCO, she performs yearly tours on the east coast and beyond. ECCO, Absolute Ensemble, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting feature her on recent albums.
Annaliesa’s degrees include a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a M.M. from The Juilliard School.  Her teachers have included Vasile Beluska, David Russell, David Updegraff, Victor Danchenko, Robert Lipsett, and Robert Mann.  Annaliesa is on the faculty of the Dwight-Englewood School and is the founding director of String Society, a chamber music festival for exceptional string players.
Diego Garcia
cello
A Prizewinner in the Carolina Oramas Competition, Colombian cellist, Diego Garcia has toured extensively throughout Europe and Central America. An avid chamber musician, recording artist, and composer, Mr. Garcia was a founding member of the Astor String Quartet and Gibbs & Main, string ensembles that promote classical music of all styles including his original compositions and arrangements. Over the past decade, Diego has become a sought after composer for instrumental and choral works. His music has been broadcasted several times on NPR’s ‘Live from Hochstein’. Recent commissions have included the original score to the independent film Heart of Tango, Rochester Oratorio Society, and Gibbs & Main. In New York City, he presented several recitals in Alice Tully Hall with pianist David Bradshaw. Diego has premiered several works by living composers and he has been part of concert series at the Eastman School of Music, Wesleyan University, Albion Chamber Music Series, Back to Bach at the Harley School, and Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango.

Diego started his cello studies in Colombia with Aleksander Korjenko, where he won the Juventas Competition. At the age of 15, he won a cello position in the Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle and became the youngest musician to win a position in this ensemble. Diego received his B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Alan Stepansky.  Other teachers have included Alan Harris and Sato Knudsen. Currently, Diego is a conductor and cello instructor at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. The 2014-2015 season marks his first year as Orchestra Director of the Thurnauer School of Music Symphony Orchestra. He is the co-director of String Society, a one-week summer festival for string students.