Albert R. Diaz
Albert R. Diaz is an Assistant Professor of Music at Walla Walla University, where he teaches music history courses for majors and non-majors, as well as classical guitar. He holds a BM and MM in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California and an MA in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is a doctoral candidate completing his Musicology PhD. His research looks at drone music along the Pacific coast of the US in the late 20th century and considers American coastal identity, and musical practice.
Recent performances include engagements with the American Guitar Society, the Guitar Foundation of America, and MICRO FEST. Albert placed as a finalist and top prizewinner in the 2007 and 2008 ASTA/Aron Green Classical Guitar Competition, the 2008 Pacific Northwest Guitar Festival, and the 2010 and 2012 Pacific Guitar Festival. In 2011 Albert received a Presser Award to fund a tour and recording for his ensemble, the Helios Guitar Quartet. In July 2013 the Helios Guitar Quartet released their recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (BWV 846-869), available below. Albert’s criticism and musicology publications can be found in Soundboard (the official quarterly journal of the Guitar Foundation of America) and Cambridge Scholars Publishing; he has forthcoming engagements with Bloomsbury Academic.
Listen to the Helios Guitar Quartet’s recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (BWV 846-869):