Professor Eduardo Diazmunoz Gomez

Professor and Chair of Conducting Artistic and Music Director
Chief Conductor SCM Symphony Orchestra

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Mexican-Spanish-American conductor Eduardo Diazmuñoz has won worldwide recognition as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Well known as conductor, composer, pianist, educator, promoter, organizer, Arts advocate, producer, editor, and gifted lecturer, throughout his 39-year conducting career in 16 countries, he is regarded as a “complete” musician who fuses “old school” training – forged under mentors Léon Barzin and Leonard Bernstein – with love, commitment and passion, and a musical curiosity that has led to some 150 premieres. He began his musical training as a pianist but got to play percussion, cello, and self-taught himself to play several other instruments which he managed to continue for several years, until he took the decision of devoting his energy and time to conducting and composing.

Diazmuñoz first came to public attention at age 22 in his Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace) debut in Mexico City. Since that time, he has conducted over 100 orchestras, 15 of them as resident conductor, and has occupied posts ranging from Assistant Conductor to General Music Director in 6 countries; he founded 3 of these ensembles. He has recorded over 35 CDs for 24 labels championing new music. Among the many awards he has received, he has been the recipient of the coveted yearly award granted by the Mexican Union of Theatre and Music Chronicles an unprecedented four times (1978, 1987, 1997, 2002). For his intense and relentless activity, he received the 2003 Musician of the Year Award from the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England. He was the first Mexican conductor to have been nominated three times for a Latin Grammy Award, at the helm of three different orchestras; 2 times in the Best Classical Album category, and the first one who actually obtained the valued statuette in the Best Instrumental Album category. He has also received two Golden Discs and a Platinum Disc for his recordings sales. In the summer of 2010 he composed, conducted, played, and produced the music for the Mexican Feature Film Espíritu de Triunfo (Spirit of Triumph), which premiered nation-wide in Mexico in 2012, and was distributed internationally in mid-2013.

During 2012 and 2013, he began to a Symphonic Suite based on the themes he wrote for the above mentioned film, so this music may have an independent life outside the movie theatres. His commitment towards education has continued through his full-time positions throughout the years at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) and the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, the Société Philharmonic in Paris, the New World School of the Arts in Miami, and as member of the National Council of the Music Academy Fermatta in Mexico City, he holds the post of Dean of Academic Review since November 2012. He conducted two operas and one musical for the University of Illinois Opera Program in Urbana-Champaign before being appointed Artistic and Music Director. Once at the helm of the Opera Division, between 2004 and 2014, he produced 31 titles of which he conducted 24, including local premieres and a world premiere by Stephen A. Taylor, a composer from the Composition Unit. During this decade long tenure at Illinois, he also reinstated the New Music Ensemble at the School of Music as its Artistic and Music Director for five years, promoting American composers and introducing audiences and students alike to several new works.

He retired from Illinois to come to Sydney. Diazmuñoz has an affinity for modern musicians seeking an education in traditional music, be it symphonic, opera, or contemporary musical theatre. He is widely recognized for his exceptional experience, which uniquely positions him to deliver the technical, musical, and artistic training to fully develop his students' talents. As a natural result of these capacities, he has been involved in master classes and summer courses, and has served as juror for international competitions and professional examinations in the United States, France, Spain, Mexico, and various countries of Central and South America. He has collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Joaquín Achúcarro, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, David Gueringas, Gary Graffman, Lowell Greer, Jerry Hadley, Daniel Hope, Sharon Isbin, Natasha Korsakova, Jorge Federico Osorio, Mark Peskanov, Carlos Prieto, Edison Quintana, Jorge Risi, María Teresa Rodríguez, Ángel Romero, János Starker, Henryk Szeryng, Susan Starr, Ralph Votapek, Pieter Wispelwey, Vicente Zarzo, Eva María Zuk, and Zvi Zeitlin among many others. Eduardo is synonymous of quality, certitude, innovation, and audacity, qualities that prompt everyone who knows him, including several artists, to assure that Maestro Diazmuñoz is one of the most complete, versatile and exciting musicians they have ever met and/or worked with.

Selected publications & creative works

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Musical Compositions

  • Diaz Munoz Gomez, E. (2015). Los inesperados caminos del espiritu. Mexico City, Mexico: self-published.
  • Diazmunoz Gomez, E. (2012). Espiritu de triunfo. Mexico: .

Music

  • Duke, M., Diaz Munoz Gomez, E., SCM Symphony Orchestra. (2016). Macquarie's Castle: Saxophone Concerto: 1. Palace for Horses, 2. Training, 3. Stable Music, 4. Spring Carnival. Greenway Series: The Chancellor's Concert, SCM Symphony Orchestra. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Diazmunoz, E. (2013). Renaissance Concerto Para flauta y orquestra. Program 17: Primera Temporada. Teatro Principal, Guanajuato, Mexico: Orquestra Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato.
  • Diazmunoz, E. (2013). Sinfonia num. 1. Programa 17: Primera Temporada 2013. Teatro Principal, Guanajuato, Mexico: Orquestra Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato.
  • Diaz Munoz Gomez, E. (2013). The Origin of Time. Conductors' Series SCM Symphony Orchestra. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2016

  • Duke, M., Diaz Munoz Gomez, E., SCM Symphony Orchestra. (2016). Macquarie's Castle: Saxophone Concerto: 1. Palace for Horses, 2. Training, 3. Stable Music, 4. Spring Carnival. Greenway Series: The Chancellor's Concert, SCM Symphony Orchestra. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2015

  • Diaz Munoz Gomez, E. (2015). Los inesperados caminos del espiritu. Mexico City, Mexico: self-published.

2013

  • Diazmunoz, E. (2013). Renaissance Concerto Para flauta y orquestra. Program 17: Primera Temporada. Teatro Principal, Guanajuato, Mexico: Orquestra Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato.
  • Diazmunoz, E. (2013). Sinfonia num. 1. Programa 17: Primera Temporada 2013. Teatro Principal, Guanajuato, Mexico: Orquestra Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato.
  • Diaz Munoz Gomez, E. (2013). The Origin of Time. Conductors' Series SCM Symphony Orchestra. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2012

  • Diazmunoz Gomez, E. (2012). Espiritu de triunfo. Mexico: .

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