Committed to Opera

Pedro Díaz, English Horn

Before being named Solo English Horn with the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera in 2005, Pedro Díaz had performed extensively on five continents. He has served extended tenures as oboe and/or English horn with the Filarmonica Jalisco (Mexico), the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), the Natal Philharmonic (South Africa) and the Pittsburgh Opera. His appearances as soloist include those at the Spoleto (Italy) Festival, with the New York Symphonic Ensemble (Japan tour), The Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and with the Puerto Rico Symphony. Two solo appearences at the International Double Reed Society’s conventions, one of them the performance of Michael Daugherty’s “Spaghetti Western.”

Mr Díaz has lectured at Juilliard, Manhatan School of Music, The Hartt Music School, Duquesne University, the IDRS convention in Norman, Oklahoma and in Panama as well as in Italy, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. He recently gave master classes in Leipzig and Berlin.

Aspen, Le Domaine Forget (Quebec), Bel Canto Institute, FOSJA (Puerto Rico) and the Panama Double reed Festival are a few of the many festivals with which Mr. Díaz has collaborated as performer/teacher. A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training there in the “Escuela Libre de Musica”, an esteemed public school for the performing arts. Along with his current duties at the Met, Mr. Díaz is a member of the faculties of The Juilliard School, as well as Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Stony Brook University.

*photo credit: Roberto Antilloni