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Andrés Diaz Appointed Koerner Chair in Cello at The Royal Conservatory

Andres Diaz

The Royal Conservatory welcomes internationally-renowned pedagogue and performer Andrés Diaz as the inaugural Koerner Chair in Cello, beginning in the 2013.14 academic year. Working closely with students of The Glenn Gould School and the Young Artists Academy, he will offer private lessons and career development advice to emerging cellists, lead collaborative performances with Conservatory faculty and students, conduct Master Classes, and more. 

“The Glenn Gould connection is an interesting one. He was such a force in the music world,” said Mr. Diaz. “These young kids, to be able to teach them at The Glenn Gould School – it’s such an important part of my life. Having been a guest faculty member at The School on several occasions over the years, I’ve witnessed its stunning transformation. The new facilities and amazing concert series have created a great environment for learning.”

Mr. Diaz is one of three celebrated educators and performers joining The School and The Academy in 2013, alongside violinist Victor Danchenko and cellist John Kadz, cementing The Royal Conservatory’s continued investment into its strings program. He leads two Master Classes at The Royal Conservatory during the 2012.13 academic year – Friday, January 18, 2012 and Friday, April 19, 2013. Both are free and open to the public. Andrés Diaz also performs as part of The Royal Conservatory’s Mazzoleni Masters Series on January 20 at Mazzoleni Concert Hall in Toronto. 

“We are very excited to be able to welcome Andrés Diaz to The Glenn Gould School. He is an artist of great distinction as well as an inspired mentor, and his presence here will be of enormous benefit to our students,” said James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School. “The creation of this important position builds on the momentum the school has been enjoying since moving into its stunning new facility, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. We are once again grateful to Michael and Sonja Koerner, whose generosity has made this appointment possible.”

Born in Chile, Mr. Diaz and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was a toddler. Mesmerized by a concert by celebrated cellist Pierre Fournier when he was four years old, he embarked on a lifelong love affair with the cello. Following his first prize win at the 1986 Naumberg International Cello Competition, Mr. Diaz earned a reputation as being among the world’s elite cellists. He has appeared with symphony orchestras across five continents while regularly performing at music festivals around the world. He is a founding member of the acclaimed string group Diaz Trio, and was nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy Award.

Mr. Diaz studied at the Georgia Academy of Music. He graduated from the New England Conservatory where he worked with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr, and continues to play an active role at the school. He served for five years as Associate Professor of Cello at Boston University, and Co-Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Quartet Program.  He is on faculty at The Banff Centre and artist-in-residence at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Mr. Diaz currently serves as Professor of Cello and head of the strings department at Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Diaz plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller cello, using a bow crafted by his father Manuel.

Learn more about Andrés Diaz at his website.


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