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Grammy-nominated violist, opera singer host masterclasses in April

Loyola press release - March 18, 2013

Grammy-nominated violist Roberto Díaz and acclaimed opera tenor Bryan Hymel ’01 will present free masterclasses in April as part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans. Díaz’s viola masterclass is set for Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in room 240, and Hymel’s opera class is Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. Both events are open to the public and take place in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

Díaz, the president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, teaches viola there and is a former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared as an orchestral soloist and recitalist in major cities around the globe and has worked with many leading conductors. Collaborations with important composers include Krzysztof Penderecki and Edison Denisov. Díaz was a principal violist of the National Symphony, as well as a member of both the Boston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He earned a 2006 Grammy nomination for his recording of transcriptions by William Primrose with pianist Robert Koenig.

Hymel, who recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut when he stepped in as a last-minute replacement in its production of “Les Troyens,” is one of the fastest-rising tenor stars in the opera world. As a highly sought-after recitalist and concert performer, he has appeared in many of the world’s most accomplished opera houses and festivals. Among his accolades, the New Orleans native is the top prize winner of the 2009 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and was the first prize winner of the 2008 Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition, the 2008 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and the 2008 Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. He was a grand finalist in the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council.

The Díaz masterclass is part of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Masterclass Series at Loyola, which previously featured Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Christopher Martin on trumpet, Jay Friedman on trombone and Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet. The series offers live webcasts of several of these events, all of which are free and open to the public.

Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts has a vast music program, with more than 500 undergraduate majors in the School of Music and Department of Music Industry Studies.

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