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Roberto Dí­az, viola

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Overview

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, whose viola concerto he has performed many times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he premiered in the United States; and Edison Denisov who invited Mr. Díaz to Moscow to work on his viola concerto. Ricardo Lorenz, Roberto Sierra, and Jennifer Higdon have all written concerti for Mr. Díaz. As a frequent recitalist, Mr. Díaz enjoys collaborating with young pianists, bringing a fresh approach to the repertoire and providing invaluable opportunities to artists at the beginnings of their careers. In addition to performing with major string quartets and pianists in chamber music series and festivals worldwide, Mr. Díaz has toured Europe, Asia, and the Americas a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz. The Díaz Trio has recorded for the Artek and Dorian labels.

"From the outset, Dí­az produced a warm and luxuriant tone."

-The Kansas City Star

Horszowski Trio w/ Roberto Díaz, viola

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Schumann: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63
Hagen: Piano Trio No. 6 [World Premiere]
Fauré: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15

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Zorá Quartet w/ Roberto Díaz, viola and Peter Wiley, cello

Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Alexander Schneider Concert

Haydn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Brahms: String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18

Curtis Chamber Orchestra
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Curtis Chamber Orchestra with Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin and Roberto Díaz, viola

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 3:00 and 7:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Special Two Part Concert

Part I

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, K. 207
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219

Part II

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364

Emerson Quartet Philadelphia
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Emerson Quartet w/ Roberto Dí­az, viola

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, Rosamunde
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 10, Op. 118
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Jonathan Coopersmith 

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Dover Quartet w/ Roberto Dí­az, viola

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 7, Op. 108
Brahms: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111

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Johannes Quartet w/ Roberto Dí­az, viola

Date: Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mozart: Quartet in D Major, K. 575
DutilleuxAinsi la nuit
Brahms: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111

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Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin; Roberto Diáz, viola; Robert Koenig, piano

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro for Violin and Piano
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 46
Liszt: Romance Oubliée for Viola and Piano
Bloch: Suite for Viola and Piano

Roberto Diaz
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Curtis 20/21 Ensemble; David Hayes, conductor; Roberto Diáz, viola

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Golijov: Sidereus
Foss: Time Cycle
Shapiro: Siddharta's Dream
Sierra: Concerto for Viola

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Tokyo Quartet w/ Roberto Diáz, viola

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Szymanowski: Quartet in C Major, Op. 37
Mozart: Quintet in D Major, K. 593

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PCMS 25th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Emanuel Ax, piano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Roberto Dí­az, viola; Michael Tree, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; Tokyo String Quartet

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-­flat Major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B-­flat Major, Op. 87
Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E­-flat Major, Op. 44

Roberto Diaz
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Roberto Diáz, viola; Rebecca Anderson, violin; Meng-Chieh Liu, piano; Allen Krantz, guitar

Date: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Paganini: Guitar Quartet No. 15 in A Minor
Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25, No. 1
Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Op. 147

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Andrés Cardenes, violin; Roberto Diáz, viola; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E- ­flat Major, K. 493
Brahms: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 [Arr. for Viola by C. Eredélyi]
DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quartet in E­-flat Major, Op. 87, B. 16

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Elizabeth Hainen, harp; Jeffrey Khaner, flute; Roberto Diáz, viola; David DePeters, percussion

Date: Monday, February 25, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Takemitsu: And then I knew ‘twas wind
Leshnoff: 5 Things My Kids Asked Me [Philadelphia Premiere]
Debussy: Syrinx, for Solo Flute
Bennett: Sonata After Syrinx
Debussy: Sonata for Harp, Flute and Viol

The Kansas City Star

“From the outset, Dí­az produced a warm and luxuriant tone.”

The Washington Post

“The sound poured out with confidence and élan.”

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“Dí­az's flawless intonation, impeccable high notes, and emotional range gave the impression that this was exactly the way Brahms intended this music to be played.”

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