Violinist José-Luis Garcia has died at the age of 67. Born in
Madrid, he started studying the violin when he was six, receiving
lessons from his father. After winning first prize at the Sarasate
Violin Competition in 1960, he moved to London to study with
Antonio Brosa at the Royal College of Music, where at the age of
just 22 he was appointed professor of violin.
He was leader and director of the English Chamber Orchestra for more than 20 years, and appeared as a soloist with the orchestra, and with other leading European orchestras. He also studied conducting with Sergiu Celibidache, and conducted orchestras in North America, Israel and Spain.