Eduardo DiazmuñozProfessor and Chair of Opera
Eduardo Diazmuñoz earned his BM magna cum laude at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and did advanced conducting studies under the auspices of the Sociètè Philarmonique in Paris, France. He has been a student of the renowned conductors and teachers Lèon Barzin and Leonard Bernstein.
After his conducting debut at age 22 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Maestro Diazmuñoz won musical acclaim as General Music Director, Conductor, and Founder of the Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico and Conductor of the National University Philharmonic, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, National Conservatory Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Ch·vez Symphony Orchestra, and Bogot· Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro Diazmuñoz has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Baja California Orchestra in Tijuana, which performs contemporary orchestral literature.
For more than 30 years, Maestro Diazmuñoz has been an invited guest in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Latin America, where he is recognized as a conductor, composer, pianist, percussionist, educator, producer, and lecturer. He has been an invited conductor for more than 100 orchestras, including the San Diego Opera, and he has been Principal Guest Conductor for the Argentina National Symphony, Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra, and Sodre Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo, Uruguay, among others.
Maestro Diazmuñoz is the recipient of the Mexican Union of Theater and Music Chronicles Award and International Biographical Centre Testimonial Award. In 2003, the International Biographical Centre named him International Musician of the Year for his commitment to new music. He has recorded more than 30 compact discs for 19 recording labels. He has been nominated twice for the Latin Grammy Awards Best Classical Album and once for Best Instrumental Album, for which he was awarded the Latin Grammy. Maestro Diazmuñoz is the first Mexican conductor to earn two Golden Discs and one Platinum Disc. In an unprecedented national honor, the president of Mexico appointed Maestro Diazmuñoz General Director and Principal Conductor of all Mexico National Music Program youth orchestras and choirs. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Maestro Diazmuñoz has conducted more than 100 local, regional, national, and world premieres with the renowned artists Gary Graffman, Daniel Hope, Jorge Federico Osorio, J·nos Starker, Henryk Szeryng, Susan Starr, Frederica von Stade, Eva MarÌa Zuk, and Zvi Zeitlin, among many others. As Artistic Director of the Baja California Orchestra, he prepared that ensemble for Luciano Pavarottiís final performance in Mexico. In addition to conducting the Mexican premiere of Leonard Bernsteinís Candide, he has conducted the operas of Daniel Cat·n and Federico Ibarra, and has premiered his own compositions in Europe and the United States. Maestro Diazmuñoz also has composed music for movies, television, and the theatre.
A gifted teacher, Maestro Diazmuñoz has been an invited professor at prestigious institutions in France, the United States, Central America, South America, and Mexico. He has been a faculty member at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City, National Conservatory in Mexico City, and New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. He has adjudicated international competitions and professional examinations, including those at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, and Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.
Maestro Diazmuñoz has an affinity for modern musicians seeking an education in traditional music and contemporary musical theatre. He is widely recognized for his exceptional experience, which uniquely positions him to deliver the technical, musical, and artistic training to fully develop his studentsí talents.