2017-2018 SEASON

Federico Díaz

Federico Díaz

Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Federico Díaz is an upcoming versatile musician of the new generation of guitarists with a multifaceted career as a performing artist, arranger and composer. His performances have taken him to distinguished festivals and concert halls in more than 20 countries including: Wiener Saal and Solïtär (Salzburg), Otto Braun Saal (Berlin), Clara Schumann Saal and Kleiner Saal der HfMDK (Frankfurt am Main), Stadttheater (Mainz), Lisner Auditorium (Washington DC), Trinity Center (Philadelphia), SCAR (Rio Grande do Sul), Teatro Solis (Montevideo) Centro Cultural Kirchner (Argentina) and Teatro Independencia (Mendoza). He has appeared as soloist with the National University of Cuyo Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum University Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Orchestra Sopot and the Sinfonieorchester Magdeburg.

Federico is an avid chamber musician concertizing regularly with Lionel Cottet (cello), Emilio Argento (viola), Jeremias Serigiani (violin), and a variety of string quartets. As a soloist member of Ensemble d'Argent, a string orchestra based in Frankfurt am Main, he has had the opportunity to perform new works as well as new arrangements for guitar and string orchestra every year since 2012. Additionally, he has collaborated with musicians such as Philippe Quint, Ada Meinich, Nora Buschmann, Matías González, Linda Zanetti, Daniel Binelli, among others.

Celebrated for expanding the guitar repertoire, Federico has premiered works written for him by many composers such as Juan Falú, Bruno Cavallaro, Miguel Barreilles, and Agustín Castilla Ávila. He has also made and premiered a large number of transcriptions with his ongoing chamber music groups, including pieces by Franz Schubert, Luigi Boccherini, Pablo de Sarasate, Atahualpa Yupanqui and Astor Piazzolla.

Mr. Díaz has a passion for tango, Argentinian folklore and improvisation. He has been featured as a leader, arranger, and guest artist with many important musicians of the scene in Argentina, in Europe as well as in the US. Currently he's working with Bruno Cavallaro in a new program for violin and guitar based on new versions and new compositions of young tango composers. Additionally, he continues performing with tango pianist Pablo Woiz and with jazz pianist Juan Emilio Cucchiarell.

The label Epsa Music (Argentina) released in 2014 his newest CD "Perspectiva 204" of the duo DiaZ\WoiZ. In 2013 he did the premiere recording of "Divertimento on Austrian Folk Songs" by Bernhard Romberg with Lionel Cottet (cello) for Sony Classical. His lirst duo album "Danzarín" with Doble Tango was recorded in 2009 and presented in many world music and jazz festivals across the globe.

Federico completed the highly selective Master of Arts program at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. He received his Bachelor Degree (summa cum laude) from the National University of Cuyo. His former teachers include Cristina Cuitiño in Argentina, as well as Eliot Fisk and Ricardo Gallén in Austria. Looking to expand his knowledge in other directions, he participated as an active member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute's clasess during the 11th Panama Jazz Festival taking lessons with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Marco Pignataro and George Garzone.

As a sought-after teacher for Argentinian and classical music, he has been invited to give masterclasses in universities, conservatories and festivals in Germany, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina. In 2015, he moved to New York City to continue his studies with David Starobin at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Currently, Federico is doing a Doctor's Degree in Performance, a highly selective program from the Graduate Center of City University of New York., under the guidance of the world renowned guitarist and educator Frederic Hand.

You can find more information, news, music and videos at www.federicodiazguitar.com.