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Opera, Orchestra, and Ballet Conductor
"The Art of Conducting isn’t just achieve a technical, stylistical, and perfect interpretation; is achieve that the souls of the musicians under your baton walk at the unison and communicate with the audience through the music.”
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Colombian-born, worldwide-trained, and based in the USA;
Opera, Orchestra, and Ballet Conductor.
Music Director of The Americas Chamber Orchestra (Bloomington Indiana, USA), Music Director of the Collaborative Arts (Opera) Summer Camp (Los Angeles, California, USA), CEO of SustainableOperaSolutions™ (US and Latinamerica), and Cover Conductor of Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater (Bloomington Indiana, USA). In addition, Diego is a Doctoral Candidate in Opera, Orchestra, and Ballet Conducting at Jacobs School of Music from Indiana University (Minors in Music Theory and Arts Administration) as a Scholarship holder of Graduate Tuition Award and Artistic Excellence Award.
The International Press references Maestro Diego as a “Musical Genius” and “synonymous of energy, knowledge, and confidence of high artistic quality”. Due to his outstanding international career, Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez was named by ProColombia as Ambassador of Colombia Country Brand. He is a Professional Member (as an Opera, Orchestra, and Ballet Conductor) of the League of American Orchestras and Opera America.
Maestro Barbosa-Vasquez is a member of the prestigious Ostrom Workshop (Economic Nobel Price Scholars), being the Director of the Ostrom Opera Camp/Laboratory where he leads advanced international practical research in Opera and Arts Sustainability. There, he collaborates with different opera leaders and multiple minds and experts in different fields, to clarify the clues and strategies to secure Opera and Arts Sustainability in the mid, and long-term from the local, regional, national, and international perspectives.
Guest conductor for the 70 anniversary of UNICEF concert, the Colombian Maestro has been winning international recognition since conducting in El Salvador (2014), his 1st. International Opera Conductors Competition in Belgium (Opera Royal de Wallonie) (2017) and the III Nino Rota International Conducting Competition in Italy (2018), in last both cases representing Latinamerica. Also, he was a special guest lecturer at the 11th European Orchestra Festival of (EOFed) and WFAO General Assembly (2018 - Norway) and a special guest lecturer at the WFAO General Assembly (2019 - Singapore) also representing Latin America.
Diego has been Guest Conductor of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony (IN, USA), OCSA Symphony Orchestra (CA, USA), Youth Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador (El Salvador) in four opportunities, Caldas Symphony Orchestra (Caldas, Colombia), and Choir and Founding Orchestra of Esperanza Azteca Program (Puebla, México). Recognized by Colfuturo - Colombia as “Talented Pride of Colombia” Maestro Diego was Artistic & Music Director of the World Music Symphony Orchestra in California-USA, Music and Artistic Director of Huila Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of E&P® Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Huila Conservatory and Rock Symphony Orchestra. Diego was chief Conductor of E&P Choirs of Cajicá, Colina, and Aparecida; Choral Conductor at “Tocar y Luchar Cafam-Colombia” and Head of the Virrey Solís-E&P Conservatory. As a performer, Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez was Principal Viola at Caldas Symphony Orchestra, Juan N. Corpas Symphony Orchestra, Colombia Joven Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Acordanza, Orchestra of the “Art and Opera for All Foundation,” Unimúsica Symphony Orchestra, Bogotá Symphony Orchestra FOSBO, and Scholarship holder and Co-Founder Member of the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (FJC).
Diego holds an M.M. (Master in Music Degree - Graduated with honors) in Opera and Orchestra Conducting at Azusa Pacific University (CA, USA) as a recipient of a full assistantship and John Simons scholarship. There he worked as Assistant Conductor of APU Symphony Orchestra, APU Opera Theater, and Guest Conductor of the Studio Orchestra and APU Musical Theater Company. He also holds a Maestro in Music degree (Bachelor) from Juan N. Corpas University Music School (Bogotá D.C., Colombia) graduated with honors with Major in Conducting (Orchestra, Choir, and Opera), and Minors in Viola and Chamber Music.
Furthermore, with more than 13 years of experience in the Arts Administration world, in addition to leading multiple organizations, he holds an “Associate Degree” (Executive Certificate) from the Global Leaders Program of OA (Orchestra of the Americas) in Orchestra, Artistic, and Musical Organizations Administration.
His principal conducting professors are Arthur Fagen and Thomas Wilkins (From Indiana University - USA), Christopher Russell (From Azusa Pacific University - USA), and Jorge Alejandro Salazar (From Corpas University - Colombia).