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. Ms. Diaz came to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory, where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying with James Buswell. As a cancer survivor, she is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Ms. Diaz was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. This grant enabled her to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Devoted to contemporary music, she’s been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, Lee Hyla, Hans Tutschku, and Helmut Lachenmann.
Ms. Diaz is a member of several Boston-area new music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, and Callithumpian Consort. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include recording Roger Reynolds’ Personae and Kokoro, performances of the complete Mozart sonatas with pianist Lois Shapiro, and travels across America and Mexico. She can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records. Ms. Diaz is on the faculties of Wellesley College and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She follows her distinguished brothers Roberto and Andres at the Newport Music Festival, and is warmly welcomed to her third season.