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Lara Díaz is a Spanish Clarinetist and Bass Clarinetist soloist and freelancer. She studied at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca, she later received postgraduate education. She has also studied with international renowned clarinetists such as Antony Pay, W.Boeykens, Sabine Meyer, JL Estellés, C.Riera, JE Lluna, A. Ventimilla, or Javier Balaguer, and chamber music studies with P. Pesthy, G. Meszaros H. Zadek, E. Cantor and B Giuranna.
Ms. Díaz has performed both as a soloist and with Trio Contrastes at major festivals in Europe, South America and Asia (Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Korea, Canada, Italy…). She works with Trio Contrastes disseminating contemporary music, having premiered several works specially composed for this chamber music group and for her. In September 2015 Lara offered the International Festival “Il mondo d’il clarinetto” closing concert with Trio Contrastes (Camerino, Italy, organized by Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto). In 2015 and 2016, Lara was selected to participate in the 5th and 6th European Clarinet Festival in Ghent (Belgium) and Camerino (Italy) and in the European Bass Clarinet Ensemble. She was also invited to participate in the 2nd Symposium for Clarinetists – UNESP 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as a soloist and member of the international jury of the “Professor Rafael Caro Galhardo” competition, and to ClarMeet Porto ‘16.
Founder and co-director of Ensemble Contrastes, she has made several records for different institutions (RTVE and RTVE Música, among others).
Wind section leader of the “City of Salamanca” Symphony Orchestra since 1997, with which she has performed as a soloist on several occasions. She collaborates regularly with other orchestras, also as a soloist.
Since 1997 she teaches in Salamanca, leading “Antonio Romero” clarinet master classes since 2003 and also leading the “Salamanca’s Clarinet Ensemble”.
Ms. Díaz has also received a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Salamanca.
Lara Díaz is the Spanish Board Member of the European Clarinet Association (ECA), and member of the International Clarinet Association