Diego Idarraga Duarte
Diego has a Masters of Music in Classical Piano Performance from the Australian Institute of Music. He also holds a Certificate IV in Suzuki piano and Certificate III in Suzuki guitar. Diego has performed as soloist, in many large concert halls such as Sydney Opera House, AGNSW. Diego has performed before audiences of 80000 people at the biggest Latin American free Rock Festival “Rock al Parque”, modern venues in Colombia, Canada, USA and Australia.
Diego was also a semi finalist in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in 2007 and got 2nd Composition Prize at Colombia’s biggest Jazz Festival “Jazz al Parque” in 2003.
Diego's teaching scope ranges from 2 year old beginners, to the most advanced stages of performance, covering traditional AMEB, Trinity and Suzuki methods; classical, jazz and contemporary music. Diego is one of the few accredited Suzuki guitar teachers in NSW. To find out more about him visit:
Grant started his musical studies at an early age. He was awarded multiple music scholarships over the course of his secondary and tertiary study for classical guitar, which included the tutelage of Don Andrews, Clair Wenborn and Dr. Peter Calvo.
He performs extensively across genres of solo and ensemble works for classical guitar, including the premiere performance of Lachlan Moods by NZ born composer, Ross Carey, and collaboration with soprano Wendy Dixon and pianist, David Miller AM, more recently on Song of the Moon by Australian composer, Dr John Petersen. He has also performed with instrumentalists, Clair Wenborn, Danielle Eden and Robert Harris. Grant has given numerous performances at prestigious venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Government House and the Art Gallery of NSW (including for exhibition openings). Grant has also given a live solo performance in a Christmas day radio broadcast.
Grant has been a teacher and lecturer of classical music for over 12 years at AIM and AMPA. Having obtained his Masters Degree from AIM and diploma levels at AMEB and Trinity, Grant is currently undertaking his doctorate studies, related to Australian composition and performance, under the supervision of Professor Diana Blom.