A native of Washington, D.C., Diego is a multifaceted clarinetist with a background in dance. He is principal clarinetist of the Berkshire Opera Festival and currently engaged as a dancer/mime soloist in Stockhausen's INORI, which is being produced by the Lucerne Festival in 2018 as a celebration of the composer's 90th birthday. Diego is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Hartt School, where he has been a member of the 20/20 chamber music program and was winner of the 2014 Paranov Concerto Competition. He is currently working on his dissertation, which will focus on the clarinet writing in Wagner’s Parsifal and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra from a philosophical perspective of Schopenhauer vs Nietzsche.
Diego completed his Master of Music at Mannes College The New School for Music, where he graduated with the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. Highlights there included performing in four opera productions, being a member of the Mannes American Composer’s Ensemble (under the direction of composer Lowell Liebermann), and performing privately for the New School Board of Trustees.
Diego has performed with The Hartford Opera Theatre, Canterbury Choral Society, Berkshire Opera Festival, Ensemble Mise-en, and American Lyric Theatre. He has attended the Lucerne Festival Academy as a clarinetist, and been a Fellow at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar.
Diego received his Bachelor's of Music from Ithaca College, where he double majored in music and dance. In 2013 Diego received the Peter M. Gross Fund grant from Mannes to fund an original costume for Karl Stockhausen's Der Kleine Harlekin, a work written for dancing clarinetist. Diego worked on this piece with its originator, Susanna Stephens at the 2015 Stockhausen Courses and Concerts in Kürten, Germany and has performed it numerous times. He has performed in NYC’s Composer’s Voice Series, performed with Pearson Widrig Dance Theater and with choreographer Peter Kyle.
Diego is a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, and studies musicology with Ira Braus.
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