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Carlo Diaz

PhD Candidate

C.A. Diaz
+31 71 527 2727

Carlo Diaz is a PhD Candidate at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts. He is a composer, conductor, and concert producer; Artistic Director of the international early+new music ensemble Stile Nu, Production Coordinator for the Chicago-based International Music Foundation, and PhD candidate on the docARTES trajectory at Leiden University and the Orpheus Institute. As composition, arrangement, curation, and historiography, his work explores the concept of music as rhetorical oration through the lenses of impossible originality, unattainable authenticity, and the creativity of performance.

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As a fluid development from my concept of compositional practice as the either conscious or subconscious reuse and re-processing of pre-existing materials, and from the idea that all new music is necessarily embedded with the historical, I propose a new historical mode for Early Music wherein curation, editing, and performance are fundamentally creative activities. I propose the application of recent philosophy and historical theory by Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Roland Barthes, Niall Ferguson, Paul Ricoeur, Ann Laura Stoler, and others to the practice of Early Music. My objective is both to shed the Romanticism and Modernism inherent in recent research on and performance of music written before 1800 and to suggest a new paradigm in which history operates outside of empiricism and narrativity.



Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Master of Music in Composition (2018)

Northwestern University
Bachelor of Music in Composition and Interdisciplinary Arts (2016)



Past Futures Festival
Artistic Director (2018 to present)

Stile Nu
Artistic Director (2017 to present)

International Music Foundation
Production Coordinator (2016 to present)

Videographer & Co-Owner (2017)

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Technical Staff (2012 to 2016)

Rush Hour Concerts
Production Intern (2013 to 2015)



Stile Nu + Carlo Diaz, conductor
Concertgemaal Amsterdam
May 2018

Symphonieorkest CvA + Matthew Rowe, conductor
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam
April 2018

'Reuse Music'
Stile Nu
Oosterkerk Amsterdam
April 2018

'Reuse Music'
Ugly Pug
Tampering Festival, Finland
August 2017

'Music for the Park'
Kuang-Hao Huang
Make Music Chicago
June 2018

'visions of small-minded Men'
Nieuw Ensemble + Ryan Bancroft, conductor
Korzo den Haag
April 2017

'visions of small-minded Men'
Nieuw Ensemble + Ryan Bancroft, conductor
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam
March 2017 


carlodiaz.com (personal website)
stile.nu (ensemble website) 

PhD Candidate

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  • Academie der Kunsten
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