VÍCTOR DÍAZ GUERRA
Newly appointed Principal Clarinet of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Víctor became the first Spanish clarinetist to win a prize at the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition (Denmark) obtaining 3rd Prize in 2019. He has also received 1st Prize in national and international competitions such as the International Clarinet Association (Italy, 2013), the European Clarinet Association (Poland, 2014), and the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition (USA, 2016), among others.
Víctor has appeared as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Orquesta de Extremadura, and Colburn Orchestra. He has premiered pieces by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Guillermo Iriarte, and his performances have been broadcasted by medici.tv, Polish National Radio, and Spanish National Radio. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Noah Bendix-Balgley, Clive Greensmith, Fabio Bidini, Marina Piccinini, Jonathan Biss, Denis Bouriakov, Rodolfo Leone, Sang Yoon Kim, Viano String Quartet, and Dahlia String Trio. He is one of the founders of Sonarsix, which is a prize winner from Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (USA, 2022) and it was appointed Colburn Artist. Moreover, Víctor is a member of the Marlboro Music Festival (USA).
He has been guest clarinetist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orquesta de Extremadura, and was a member of Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Stéphane Denève, Ludovic Morlot, Andrés Salado, Rafael Payare, Sir George Benjamin, and Mitsuko Uchida (soloist and conductor).
He has received master classes from clarinetists such as Boris Allakverdyan, Michel Arrignon, Philippe Berrod, Martin Fröst, Wenzel Fuchs, Burt Hara, Florent Héau, and Stephen Williamson.
In December 2021, he released his album debut Diálogos sin palabras together with the pianist José María Villegas.
Born in Cáceres (Spain) in 1996, Víctor studied with Alejandro Parejo at the Hermanos Berzosa Music Conservatory in Cáceres, being awarded the Professional Music Studies National Prize; with António Saiote at ESMAE in Porto (Portugal), where he graduated at the age of 19; and with Yehuda Gilad at the Colburn School in Los Angeles (USA), where he obtained the Master’s in Music and Artist Diploma.
Víctor is a Vandoren Paris artist.