Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Ms. Diaz came to Boston to study at New England
Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying with James Buswell. As a cancer survivor, she is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Ms. Diaz was a
recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, which enabled her to begin organizing the Boston Hope Ensemble, a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston. Devoted to contemporary music, Ms. Diaz has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers, including Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann.
Boston critics have lauded her as “a young violin master... Diaz shone in her extended solo passages.” Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix noted, “…Gabriela Diaz in a bewitching performance of Pierre Boulez’s 1991 Anthèmes. The come-hither meow of Diaz’s upward slides and her sustained pianissimo fade-out were miracles of color, texture, and feeling.” Others have remarked on her “vibrant playing,” “polished technique,” and “vivid and elegant playing.” Ms. Diaz is a member of several Boston-area new music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, and Callithumpian Consort. In the fall of 2012 she joined the faculty of Wellesley College.
Highlights of the 2012-13 season have included performances of Roger Reynolds' solo work, Kokoro, Mozart sonatas with Lois Shapiro, and Philippe Leroux's violin concerto, "(d')Aller" and the FROMM concerts with Sound Icon. Ms. Diaz can be heard on New World, Naxos, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records.
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