Roberto Diaz

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz holds the prestigious position of President and CEO
of the Curtis Institute of Music. He follows thereby in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such
as Rudolf Serkin, Gary Graffman, Efrem Zimbalist and Josef Hofmann. As a professor 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.
Some of Mr. Díaz’s recent and upcoming performances include the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo
Vänskä, Kansas City Symphony with Michael Stern, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (Spain)
and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil) with Krzysztof Penderecki, Orquesta Sinfónica
Nacional de Mexico and the Louisiana Philharmonic with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Orquesta de Valencia
with Yaron Traub, Orquesta Simfónica de Barcelona with James Judd, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
with Gabor Ötvös, and the Bilbao Symphony with Juanjo Mena. Recent and upcoming recital
performances include appearances at the Gardner Museum in Boston, Library of Congress in
Washington, D.C., Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Indiana at Bloomington, the Detroit
Chamber Music Society, and the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara. Mr. Díaz has also performed
with the National Symphony, Boston Pops, New World Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic,
Gulbenkian Orchestra, Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra, and the Orquesta Simón Bolivar, among many
others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,
Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Christopher Hogwood, Yakov Kreizberg, Peter
Oundjian, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gilbert Varga, Hugh Wolff and David Zinman. In addition to Mr.
Penderecki, Roberto Díaz has also worked with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including
Edison Denisov, Roberto Sierra, and Ricardo Lorenz whose viola concerto, Canciones de Jara, he
premiered in October 2010. Future collaborations on solo viola repertoire include Jennifer Higdon and
David Stock.
Mr. Díaz has several recordings on the Naxos label, including Brahms sonatas with Jeremy Denk, works
by Henri Vieuxtemps for viola and piano, Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto with Michael Stern,
violinist Charles Wetherbee, and the Iris Chamber Orchestra, and a 2006 recording of viola
transcriptions by William Primrose which was nominated for a Grammy Award. New World Records
released a live recording of Mr. Díaz’s performance of Jacob Druckman’s Viola Concerto with the
Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Recordings scheduled for the 12-13 season include
the Walton viola concerto with the New Haven Symphony and the Lieberson viola concerto for Bridge
Records.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Díaz has performed with artists such as the Emerson and Tokyo string
quartets, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Yo-Yo Ma, Mr. Sawallisch, and Isaac
Stern. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, Spoleto, Kuhmo, and
Verbier, among many others. Mr. Díaz is a frequent guest artist at Tanglewood and the Banff Music
Festival as well as appearing as an artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and
the Montecito Music Festival. As a member of the Díaz Trio, with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist
Andrés Díaz, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Chile. Mr.
Díaz received an Honorary Doctorate from Bowdoin College and was awarded an Honorary Membership
by the National Board of the American Viola Society.
In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Roberto 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.