Settled in Florianópolis – SC, Brazil, since 1997, Leo Garcia was born in Porto Alegre – RS, Brazil, 1964 and has been a professional musician since 1986.
He showed a strong interest in music at an early age, listening to the radio and his parents record collection at home, and mainly many LPs given to him by his sister’s godfather, who worked for local EMI. Those included pop and rock groups like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Brazilian artists. Started playing guitar at fifteen. His early studies included two years of Musical Theory and Ear Training at the OSPA (Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra) School of Music and private lessons with teacher / guitarist Francisco Silva (Zezé / Gaúcho Guitarist Club), still in his hometown.
From 1989 to 1996 he lived in Portugal, where he had an intense agenda as an instrumentalist and teacher. He studied jazz guitar improvisation with North American guitarist Eddy Goltz, German guitarist Fredo Mergner and João Maló, one of the leading Portuguese guitarists.
Back in Brazil, he participated in several courses and workshops with renowned instrumentalists, among them Arismar do Espírito Santo, Nelson Faria, Mauro Senise, Hélio Delmiro, Heraldo do Monte and Robertinho Silva, Andre Mehmari, Greg Howe (where he acted as an interpreter translator) and Frank Gambale.
As an instrumentalist, he has performed alongside Adriana Calcanhoto, Oswaldo Montenegro, Yamandu Costa and João Bosco, among others.
His work focuses on the area of Instrumental Music, having several of his compositions awarded at festivals.
In 2008 and 2010, respectively, he produced a DVD and a CD of instrumental instrumental music, as a member of the quartet Coringas.
As a teacher, in addition to private lessons, he taught at the Center for Performing Arts in Trafaria, Portugal, in courses subsidized by the European Community (EC).
He graduated in Music Education at UDESC (State University of Santa Catarina) in 2004, and started working there in 2006, teaching of Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint), Musical Analysis, Ensemble Playing and Arrangement, and Improvisation. He taught at that University for eight years.
In 2011 she toured Italy for the first time, the first at the invitation of American singer / songwriter Elisabeth Cutler, the second invited by Italian musicians, performing in more than 20 performances throughout the country.
From 2014 to 2016 he taught at Escola Livre de Música de Florianópolis, in the disciplines of Guitar, and Ensemble Playing.