Lara Díaz is a Spanish active Clarinetist and Bass Clarinetist soloist and freelancer. Ms. Díaz has performed at major festivals in Europe, South America and Asia (Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, China, Korea, Canada, Italy…), both as a soloist and with Trio Contrastes. She works with Trio Contrastes disseminating contemporary music, having premiered several works specially composed for this chamber music group and for her. She is often invited to teach masterclass, and to performance at international clarinet festivals (International Festival “Il mondo d’il clarinetto” by Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto, 5th ,6th and 7th European Clarinet Festival in Ghent –Belgium- , Camerino -Italy, and Porto-Portugal, 2nd Symposium for Clarinetists – UNESP 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ClarMeet Porto ’16, Dream Clarinet Academy, Baoding- China, 18th Encontro Internacional de Clarinete, Lisboa 2017…). She acts as member of the international jury at clarinet competitions too.
Founder and co-director of Ensemble Contrastes, she has made several records for different institutions (RTVE and RTVE Música, among others).
Lara Díaz is the Spanish Board Member of the European Clarinet Association (ECA), the Spanish Board Member of International Bass Clarinet Association (I.B.C.A.) and member of the International Clarinet Association.
Since 1997 she teaches in Salamanca, leading “Antonio Romero” clarinet master classes since 2003 and also leading the “Salamanca’s Clarinet Ensemble”. Wind section leader of the “City of Salamanca” Symphony Orchestra, with which she has performed as a soloist on several occasions. She collaborates regularly with other orchestras, also as a soloist. She has played with renowned clarinet players as a soloist or in chamber music recitals. She takes part in the bass clarinet quartet Four New Brothers, too, helping to disseminate the repertoire for bass clarinet quartet.
She studied at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca, she later received postgraduate education. She has also studied with international renowned clarinetists such as Antony Pay, W.Boeykens, Sabine Meyer, JL Estellés, C.Riera, JE Lluna, A. Ventimilla, or Javier Balaguer, and chamber music studies with P. Pesthy, G. Meszaros H. Zadek, E. Cantor and B. Giuranna.
Lara Diaz is a Royal Clarinets Performing Artist (Soloist model), and Silverstein Legatures performing artist.
Ms. Díaz has also received a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Salamanca.