Gabriela Diaz

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Violinist Gabriela Diaz, a native of Georgia, 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. She was treated with chemotherapy and radiation at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta and the Medical Center in Columbus.

As a cancer survivor, Gabriela is committed to cancer research and treatment. She has lent her talents to a wide range of related programs and organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital, The Race for the Cure, OnCare, Inc., the Columbus Medical Center, and the Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University in Atlanta. Last year Gabriela 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. In addition to these hospital concerts, Gabriela organized two benefit concerts for cancer research organizations.

Gabriela has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and has performed at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Vail Valley Bravo Music Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, among others. Devoted to contemporary music, she has been fortunate to work with many significant living composers, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gandolfi, Lee Hyla, and Helmut Lachenmann. In 2003 she won the BMOP/NEC concerto competition, playing John Zorn's Contes des Fees with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Gabriela became the youngest person to ever record the Ligeti Violin Concerto, recorded for Mode Records with New England Conservatory's Contemporary Ensemble (not yet released). She received her Bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with James Buswell. At graduation, she was awarded the John Cage Award for her contribution to new music, and the Chadwick Medal, the highest award bestowed on undergraduates at NEC. She has currently completed her second year of Master's study at NEC.

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Performances

Club Concert #2
Club Oberon in Harvard Square | February 8, 2011
Club Concert #1
Club Oberon in Harvard Square | November 29, 2010
Club Concert #1
Moonshine Room at Club Café | December 8, 2009
Voice of America: BMOP
Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University | September 27, 2009
Club Concert #3
Moonshine Room at Club Café | May 19, 2009
Club Concert #1
Moonshine Room at Club Café | February 3, 2009
MIT Club Concert #4
Moonshine Room at Club Café | March 11, 2008
Club Concert #3
Moonshine Room at Club Café | February 5, 2008
MIT Club Concert #2
Moonshine Room at Club Café | January 17, 2007
Club Concert #1
Moonshine Room at Club Café | December 5, 2006
Club Concert #3
Moonshine Room at Club Café | April 4, 2006
Boston ConNECtion
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | January 17, 2004

News and Press

[Concert Review] Change of venue is music to their ears
On Tuesday night, I attended two richly satisfying concerts without stepping foot in a concert hall. The first was a new music program presented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at the Moonshine Room of the popular Club Cafe in the South End; the second was a performance by the up-and-coming Parker String Quartet in the Lizard Lounge, a low-slung basement club space in Cambridge. Next month, the Firebird Ensemble will perform in a local barbecue joint.
The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] Grandeur and intimacy
...And in the Moonshine Room at the Club Café, one of the off-the-formal-concert-hall-beats of Gil Rose's Boston Modern Orchestra Project, we got a rich program, with extraordinary soloists. A percussion tour de force by Samuel Solomon in John Cage's paradoxically but accurately titled Composed Improvisation for Snare Drum (Solomon using not only his hands and drum sticks, but also a pencil, a gavel, pebbles, space change, and his breath). Rafael Popper-Keizer's powerful rendition of the last-movement Ciaccona from Benjamin Britten's Second Cello Suite.
The Boston Phoenix Full review