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Andrés Diaz Receives Latin Grammy Nomination for "Best Classical Album"

Southern Methodist University faculty member, cellist Andrés Díaz, has received a Latin Grammy nomination for his recording of Bach Cello Suites (ACD-71252) released on the Azica Records label. The recording was nominated in the “Best Classical Album” category.

This recording was produced by Alan Bise (former Dallas resident), and engineered by Bruce Egre. It was recorded (during a blizzard as described in the liner notes) at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York.

Andrés Díaz was born in Santiago, Chile in 1964, and began studying the cello at the age of five. Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Mr. Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe) and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998.

Mr. Díaz now lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Julie, and sons Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andrés. Presently, he is Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Díaz plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller Cello and a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.

Azica Records is a classical and jazz record label committed to excellence in every release. Driven by consideration for the listener experience, Azica’s recordings are recognized as exciting and passionate releases, capturing an artist’s musicality at the highest level of detail.

The Latin Grammy Awards will be announced on November 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

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