Cellist and SMU faculty member Andrés Díaz has received a Latin Grammy nomination for his recording of Bach Cello Suites released on the Azica Records label. The recording was nominated in the “Best Classical Album” category.
Recorded during a blizzard at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the two-CD recording includes Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Suite No. 2 in D minor, Suite No. 3 in C Major, Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, Suite No. 5 in C minor and Suite No. 6 in C Major. It was produced by former Dallas resident Alan Bise and engineered by Bruce Egre.
A native of Santiago, Chile, Díaz began studying cello at the age of five. Since winning First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, he has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998.
Díaz, who joined SMU in 2006, lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and sons Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andrés. He is an associate professor in the Music Division of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller cello with a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.