Featured Artist - Patricio Diaz

Patricio Diaz, Viola, is from Madrid, Spain, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, he then moved to Moscow where he studied at the "Tchaikovsky" Conservatory with F. Druzhinin and A. Babrovsky, and string quartet with M. Kopelman. With a scholarship from the Spanish government, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Massachusetts with Karen Ritscher where he received a Master's in music performance.

After being a member of the Radio and Television Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Spain, he moved to NY where he now lives and has an active career both as a performer playing with (among others) the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Orchestra, American Symphony, and as a teacher coordinating the String department of United Nations International School.

Mr. Diaz dedicates significant attention to the study and performance of contemporary music. He has toured Japan, USA and Europe with the "Cervantes" ensemble playing contemporary Spanish music and is in the process of recording a CD of French new music for viola solo.

Mr. Diaz also specializes in the performance of early music and regularly plays with New York Collegium, Concert Royal and the American Classical Symphony, American Classical Symphony. He has been principal violist with the Ama Deus Ensemble and Camerata Ama Deus since 1998.