Diane Chaplin, artistic director
and cellist, was cellist of the acclaimed Colorado Quartet (in NY City)
before moving to Portland in 2009. The Quartet was the first all-female
string quartet to perform the complete Quartets of Beethoven in both
North America and Europe and their recordings of these quartets and
other award-winning discs can be heard on the Parnassus, Mode and Albany
labels. Diane has taught at Yale University, Bard College, Oberlin
Conservatory and Swarthmore College, and has given master classes at the
Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Indiana University,
Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Stanford
University, Banff Centre in Canada, Sarajevo Conservatory in Bosnia and
St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.
Diane holds a BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where she was a student of Cesare Pascarella, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Harvey Shapiro. She received a Special Prize from the International Cello Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and a Certificate from the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and has appeared in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Diane performs with Portland Cello Project and as a core member of Cascadia Composers; recent concerto appearances in Portland have been with the Sunnyside Symphony, Lewis and Clark Gamelan and Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra (OPAYCO). Diane is Director and Conductor of the Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra and Pro Arte Conservatory Strings, and the co-director of the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. A self-proclaimed Espresso Queen, Diane drinks locally-roasted Badbeard’s Deep Cello Espresso.
Florian Conzetti, artistic director and percussionist, is from Switzerland and knows a whole lot about cowbells. He has performed with Wu Han, Chris Froh, Carol Wincenc, Ian and Joseph Swensen, Ralph Kirschbaum, Andrés Díaz and others at the Music@Menlo festival (David Finckel and Wu Han, artistic directors) and has appeared on the Lively Arts at Stanford and Cal Performances concert series. He has collaborated with Alarm Will Sound, Meridian Arts Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Empyrean and the Percussion Art Ensemble Bern, and has recorded solo and chamber music works for the Albany, Innova and Music@Menlo Live labels. Conzetti studied at the Konservatorium für Musik in Bern, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music and Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a doctorate in music as a student of marimbist Robert van Sice and musicologist John Spitzer.
Conzetti’s dissertation deals with the influence of Balinese music on Western composers; he has presented his research at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has taught courses on Western art music, music of the Americas and Asia, and music theory at University of San Francisco, taught percussion at UC Berkeley, and currently teaches at Portland State Univ. and Linfield College.