Azorean pianist, Diana was born in Ribeira Grande city, São Miguel island (Azores) on October 1st, 1984.
Diana is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree at Évora University, where she is an Invited Assistant working as a Collaborative Pianist and Chamber Music Coach. Diana is also a Piano Teacher at Conservatório de Música de Lisboa.
Diana holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts (Prof. Ludmila Lazar), a Bachelors Degree in Piano and Collaborative Arts from Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (Prof. Alexei Eremine) and a Piano Degree from Conservatório Regional de Ponta Delgada (Prof. Irina Semenova).
Diana is a prize winner from Prémio Jovens Músicos Competition – Antena 2, appearing with Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concert in the Final Round. At 16, she appeared as a soloist performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto KV 414 with Conservatório Regional de Ponta Delgada’s Chamber Orchestra under Yuri Pankiv, at Teatro Ribeiragrandense (Azores), returning as a soloist at the 2007 Days of Music Festival in Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon) with Orquestra Académica Metropolitana de Lisboa under Jean-Marc Burfin, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini for piano and orchestra.
Some of the concert halls she has appeared in include, in Chicago: Northwestern University Lutkin Hall, Rudolph Ganz Concert Hall, PianoForte Foundation, Grace Episcopal Church; Boston: Charles Mosesian Theather, Brown University Auditorium, New England Music Conservatory Brown Hall; Washington DC: Residency of Portuguese Embassy; Ecuador: Casa de la Música; Portugal/Azores: Teatro Micaelense, Coliseu Micaelense, Teatro Ribeiragrandense, Centro Cultural de Belém, Palácio Foz, Palácio da Independência.
Diana has been part of several music festivals, such as: Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) in Boston, PianoFest in Chicago, Portuguese Embassy in Washington DC (Embassy Series – Uniting People Through Musical Diplomacy), Meadowmount School of Music in New York, Boston Portuguese Music Festival, and in Portugal: Carlos Seixas Festival at Convento de Mafra, Castelo Branco International Music Festival, Guimarães International Music Festival, Coimbra International Music Festival.
She has also had the opportunity to participate in master classes where she worked with Vladimir Viardo, Aldo Cicollini, Sequeira Costa, Helena Sá e Costa, Ursula Oppens, Martin Katz.
As a chamber musician, she has learned from Alexei Eremine, Paul Wakabayashi, Nuno Inácio, Roger Chase, Gerardo Ribeiro and Eric Larsen.
A founding member of Botelho Vieira Quartet, Diana has appeared in Azores, Portugal mainland, United States and South America, as well as on TV and Radio in Azores. The Quartet has received positive reviews, having been awarded the Búzio Revelation and the Culture Prize. Diana has been featured in RTP’s TV documentary “Bravo” and “Portugueses pelo Mundo – Chicago”.
While in Chicago, Diana served as a piano faculty member at DePaul University School of Music, Christopher Laughlin Music School and People’s Music School, and worked as a piano collaborator for voice, strings and wind studios at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Diana has also collaborated with composers in the Chicago area premiering works for piano solo.