B.M. & M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
Gabriela DiazMusic Instructor in Violin
Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Shortly before her sixteenth birthday, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a type of lymphatic cancer. As a cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. This grant enabled Gabriela to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Gabriela holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from New England Conservatory, where she was a student of James Buswell. Devoted to contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Lee Hyla, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is actively involved in contemporary music in Boston, and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort, Firebird, Ludovico, Dinosaur Annex and Sound Icon Ensembles. You can hear Gabriela on Mode, Centaur, New World, BMOP Sound, and Tzadik records.