Guillermo García Cuesta


Hometown: Avilés, Asturias, Spain

Alma maters: Conservatorio Julián Orbón, Avilés, Spain; Lynn University Conservatory, FL; Bard College Conservatory

Photos by Matt Dine


Appearances: Oviedo Filarmonía, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony

What is your earliest memory of classical music? Probably Hollywood soundtracks. In the first memory I have of a symphony orchestra performing live, I can only remember the very end of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, and I remember being astonished.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When I was young and crazy and wanted to play guitar in a rock band.

What inspired you to audition for TŌN? A good friend of mine told me about it. It is a great environment for music development.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Whoever struggles and does their best, regardless of the results. And Rocky Balboa.

Which genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? It depends on the moment, but I always feel a connection with traditional music.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? The adrenaline, it’s always been there.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? I used to say, “If I had been practicing scales rather than been in the park with my friends . . .” but now that I’ve grown up, I don’t regret it at all. I would say, “Enjoy, kid, it’s going to be awesome!”

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Double bass

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? I would be a shepherd in the mountains of my homeland. Or a fisherman or a farmer, earning my food from the land.

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? Groucho Marx, we all know why; Diogenes, because I have no idea what he could come up with; and, most importantly, my girlfriend, because she is amazing.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Have fun, be curious, experiment, and practice fundamentals.