Francisco Diaz born in Barquisimeto, Lara State – Venezuela, he is a musician trained in the Youth and Children Orchestral movement, widely known as “El Sistema” under the ideals of maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, “To PLay and To Fight”. He studied violin with the renowned pedagogue, Jose Francisco del Castillo who follows the philosophy of the “Galamian School” in the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, in the Latin-American Violin Academy, and the “Reina Sofía” School of Music of Spain, with a scholarship from the Mozarteum Foundation of Venezuela. He has received direct guidance from famous international musicians such as Margaret Pardee, Albert Markov, Oliver Charlier, Agustin Dumay, Agustín León Ara, Yossi Zivonni, José Luis García Asensio, Rubén González, among others. He has a doctorate in Science of Education from the Fermín Toro University of Barquisimeto, with a research focus on the Social Action through Music. He also hold a Masters of Music in Violin from the Simón Bolívar University, as well as degree in Music Education and Masters in Higher Education from the Universidad Experimental Libertador – Pedagogical Institute of Barquisimeto.
He has performed as a soloist with the most prominent orchestras in Venezuela, including the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, Lara Symphony Orchestra, Falcón Symphony Orchestra, Los Llanos Symphony Orchestra, Zulia, Symphony Orchestra, Merida Symphony Orchestra, among others. Internationally, He have participated in musical events in Canada, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, United States, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Austria, among others. He has been the recipient of awards at the Fifth National Violin Competition “Juan Bautista Plaza” in 1987 in Caracas, and also at the National Violin Festival of Los Andes in 1997. He has developed a wide pedagogical expertise in his role as Director and Teacher of the Latin-American Violin Academy of Barquisimeto, part of “El Sistema”. Through this organization. He has launched important Violin Festivals, Professional Development workshops, Master-classes, Violin Workshops, seminars and Conferences in Venezuela and in many Latin-American countries.
He has also been invited to teach at the National Conservatory of Puerto Rico, Universidad San Martín in Argentina, as well as guest artist at “El Sistema USA” in Boston, supporting the development of orchestra programs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the New England Conservatory. Among my students there are professors, section leaders, concertmasters of Orchestras in Venezuela, and renowned musicians like Gustavo Dudamel, Diego Matehuz, Angelica Olivo, and Marielisa and Mariesther Alvarez. In the seventeen years he has been immersed in this field, he has been a coach of the violin section of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela in preparation for international tours and concerts with renowned conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abaddo, Sir Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2013 he was the violin coach for the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela in its tour to the Salzburg Festival in Austria, and also in 2015 he he was the violin coach for the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela in its tour to the Expo-Milan Festival in Italy (Milan Scale). He has also been invited as jury member to the prestigious Violin Competition Maestro “Rodolfo Lipizer” (Lipizer Prize) in Italy, along with important musicians such as Anna Kandinskaya (Menuhin Award) and Hae-Sun Kang (Flesch Award).
He has been awarded the Order “Jose Felix Ribas” by the Venezuelan National Government, Order of the Youth Day by the Iribarren Mayoralty, Order Jacinto Lara by the Lara State Government, and the Order Juan Crisóstomo Falcón by the Falcón State Government. In the same way, He have also been awarded several other recognitions by the Senate and by different foundations and universities. He currently hold the following positions: faculty member of the Lisandro Alvarado Centro-occidental University; Concertmaster of the Lara Symphony Orchestra; faculty member of the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory; faculty of “El Sistema”; and Director of the Latin-American Violin Academy of Barquisimeto and Director of the Latin-American Violin Academy Gran Colombia.
Actually live in Clearwater, Florida, he current performs with Florida Lakes Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Craig Turley Orchestra, Sunset Strings, and has an extensive activity as violin and viola teacher in his studio.
Since 2018 Mr. Diaz is a member of American String Teachers Association and Violin Society of America.