A native of Washington, D.C. Diego is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Hartt School in Connecticut, where he is a member of the 20/20 chamber music program, winner of the 2014 Paranov Concerto Competition, and is currently ABD. His dissertation will focus on the clarinet writing in Wagner’s Parsifal and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, as viewed through a philosophical lens.
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 numerous 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. Last summer, he was fortunate enough to attend the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he performed under Alan Gilbert, Matthias Pintscher, Suzanna Maalki, and with Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Diego is also a trained dancer. 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 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. Also as a dancing clarinetist, he has performed in NYC’s Composer’s Voice Series. Purely as a dancer, he has performed with Pearson Widrig Dance Theater and with choreographer Peter Kyle. Diego received his Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, where he double majored in music and dance.
Diego is a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.
Photographer: Yuti Chang