2009 Archives

SMU faculty member receives Latin Grammy
nomination for 'Best Classical Album'

September 24, 2009

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.

Recorded during a blizzard at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the two-cd recording includes Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Suite No. 2 in D minor, Suite No. 3 in C Major, Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, Suite No. 5 in C minor and Suite No. 6 in C Major. It was produced by former Dallas resident Alan Bise and engineered by Bruce Egre. 

Diaz also has performed with orchestras and on numerous other albums, including Souvenirs: Music of Paul Schoenfield (2007), American Visions (1997), Paganini: Music For Strings And Guitar (1996), The Cantorial Voice Of The 'Cello (1995), Russian Romantics for Cello and Piano (1994), Seasons Remembered - Judith Stillman & Friends (1994), and Brahms: Cello Sonatas/Dvorák: Silent Woods (1993).  

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, 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). He was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998.

Díaz, who joined SMU in 2006, lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and sons, Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andrés. He is an associate professor in the Music Division of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. He plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller Cello and a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.

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

Azica Records is a classical and jazz record label committed to excellence. Azica’s recordings are recognized for their excitement and passion, capturing an artist’s musicality at the highest level of detail.


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