A native of Washington DC, Diego is a multifaceted musician. He plays clarinet primarily in the northeast region of the US, where he is principal clarinetist of the Berkshire Opera Festival. For the 2017-2018 season Diego was engaged as a dancer/mime soloist in Karl Stockhausen's INORI. This was produced by the Lucerne Festival Academy as part of the composer's 90th birthday celebrations and was performed in September 2018 under the batons of Lin Liao, David Fulmer and Péter Eötvös in Luzern and Berlin at the Philharmonie, where he made his solo debut. Diego is also 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 Richard Wagner’s Parsifal and how Wagner's relationship with the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche led to early Wagnerian analysis.
Diego completed his Master of Music at Mannes College The New School for Music, where he studied with Charles Neidich and graduated with the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. Highlights there included performing in opera productions, being a member of the Mannes American Composer’s Ensemble (under the direction of composer Lowell Liebermann), performing privately for the New School Board of Trustees, and in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie.
Diego has performed with the Norwalk Symphony, New Britain Symphony, Hartford Opera Theatre, Canterbury Choral Society, Berkshire Opera Festival, Ensemble Mise-en, and American Lyric Theatre. He attended the Lucerne Festival Academy as a clarinetist in 2016, was a Fellow at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, and attended the Stockhausen Courses and Concerts in Kürten, Germany twice, as a clarinetists and INORI dancer/mine.
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 College 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 and has performed it numerous times. He has performed in NYC’s Composer’s Voice Series, where he developed a set of clarinet pieces with dancers, and performed as a dancer with Pearson Widrig Dance Theater and with choreographer Peter Kyle. Diego is the world’s foremost dancing clarinetist.
Diego is a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, and studies musicology with Ira Braus.
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