American String Quartet with the Diaz Brothers
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2019, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all fifty states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide.
Coastal Concerts is proud to present Andrés and Roberto Diaz as part of their 2018-19 concert series. Roberto Diaz, a Chilean-American violist, is the president/director of the Curtis Institute of Music, of which he is an alumnus. From 1996-2006, he held the position of principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich. He is the violist in the Diaz Trio, which includes his brother Andres Diaz, a cellist, and violinist Andes Cardenes, former concert master of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Roberto’s recording of Transcriptions by William Primrose with pianist Robert Koenig, was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award. Diaz was born in Chile and grew up in Atlanta Georgia. He currently plays on a sixteen hundred Antonio & Girolamo Amati Viola once owned by William Primrose.
Andrés Diaz a Chilean-American Cellist won First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition. Since that time Diaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (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. His numerous orchestral performances include engagement with the Atlantic Symphony, performances with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall; and among the highlights of his recent seasons are tours of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Hawaii and Canada.
Bethel United Methodist Church Hall
Fourth & Market Streets
Lewes, DE 19958