Masterclass with Roberto Díaz

All are welcome to attend and learn from observing Roberto Díaz, the president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra as he teaches a Masterclass to pre-selected students. Works to be performed include movements from Bach Suite No. 2 in D minor and Suite No. 5 in c minor, the Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert and the Concerto in D Major by Hoffmeister.

ASTA Members and their students observing the masterclass: Free of Charge. All observers, please pre-register online to help make sign-in efficient.
Apollo Orchestra Members & Associates; Landon Families: Free of Charge. Observers, please pre-register online.
MCYO and PVYO Students: Free of Charge. Please register online.
Non-member/Parent observers: $15
Tickets available online until January 10 or until capacity reached. Scroll to the bottom of this page to complete registration.

Thank you to the Downing Family Foundation and Landon School for their generous assistance in sponsoring and supporting this event.

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.

As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers. His recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2018.

In addition to performing with major string quartets and pianists in chamber music series and festivals worldwide, Mr. Díaz has toured Europe, Asia, and the Americas as a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz.

In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he performed the entire standard viola concerto repertoire and gave a number of Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, Mr.  Díaz was principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. He plays the ex-Primrose Amati viola.

NOTE: Registration and attendance at or participation in this event constitutes as agreement to ASTA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the individual’s image, likeness, or voice in photographs, video tapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities for promotional purposes.

  • Roberto Diaz Masterclass
    January 11, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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