about

I am a composer, conductor, and concert producer; Artistic Director of the early+new music ensemble Stile Nu, Production Coordinator for the Chicago-based International Music Foundation, and PhD candidate on the docARTES trajectory at Leiden University and the Orpheus Institute.

Carlo Diaz at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht on 22 April 2018 (photo by Jaap Kroon) photo by Jaap Kroon

As composition, curation, interpretation and historiography, my work explores the concept of music as rhetorical oration through the lenses of impossible originality, unattainable authenticity and the creativity of performance. I have worked with ensembles including Stile Nu, the Nieuw Ensemble, wild Up, Ensemble Linea and Ugly Pug, and have participated in festivals including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s National Composers Intensive, Make Music Chicago and the Tampering Festival. In 2018 I present debut concerts of my new baroque orchestra Stile Nu in Amsterdam and Chicago, a world premiere with the symphony orchestra of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in Amsterdam and Utrecht, and a revival of my composition for public pianos in two Chicago parks as part of Make Music Chicago.

This year I completed my Master of Music in composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where I studied with Richard Ayres, Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx. In 2016 I received a Bachelor of Music in composition and interdisciplinary arts from Northwestern University under the guidance of Jay Alan Yim and Hans Thomalla. In 2014 I spent a semester studying visual cultures and composition with Patricia Alessandrini at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and in 2015 I returned to the U.K. to conduct historical musicology research at the British Library and the London Metropolitan Archives.