A native of Washington, D.C. Diego is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Hartt School in Connecticut, where he performs with the Performance 20/20 chamber music program and is a winner of the 2014 Paranov Concerto Competition. He studies clarinet with Ayako Oshima and musicology with Ira Braus.
Diego's performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto from February with the Hartt Orchestra was recently featured on New York's classical music radio, WQXR, on the McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, hosted by Robert Sherman.
Diego completed his Master’s of Music at Mannes College The New School for Music in NYC, where he graduated with the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. As a student of Charles Neidich, he was a core member of the Mannes American Composer’s Ensemble(MACE), under the direction of composer Lowell Liebermann, and performed privately for the New School Board of Trustees.
Diego has performed with NYC contemporary music groups Ensemble Mise-en and the American Lyric Theatre, and at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall- Weill Recital Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge.
His principal clarinet teachers have included Richard Faria, Janet Hilton, Thomas Piercy, Ayako Oshima, and Charles Neidich. An active teacher himself, Diego has taught private lessons in the DC metropolitan area, NYC, and Connecticut. He was very active as a mentor and coach with the Mannes College Prep division, where he received the Prep Service Award in 2014. Diego was also recently invited back to Ithaca College, his alma mater, to give a recital and master class for students.
Blending clarinet and dance simultaneously in performance is of special interest to Diego. In 2013 he received the Peter M. Gross Fund grant to fund an original costume for Karl Stockhausen's Der Kleine Harlekin, a piece written for dancing clarinetist ( background picture!). He has performed in NYC's Composer's Voice Series, working with the two mediums. Diego received his Bachelor’s of Music from Ithaca College, where he double majored in music and dance. As a dancer, he has performed professionally with Pearson Widrig Dance Theater and choreographer Peter Kyle.