Jonathan Díaz

Cello Classes

Jonathan Díaz teaches Cello, Music Production and Music Theory at the Shine School of Music in Barcelona.

Jonathan is an interdisciplinary musician. In his cello playing he is interested in the transition between two performatic lines, electroacoustic explorations with electric cello and the historical interpretation of baroque music. He graduated with a master’s degree in musical technology and a bachelor’s degree in cello, studying with Álvaro Bitrán and Edgardo Espinosa.

As a teacher he has more than ten years of experience teaching cello and music theory to students of all ages, having the opportunity to work with a variety of functionally and cognitively diverse profiles.

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He took master class with Vitali Roumanov (Russia), Richard Markson (England), Dennis Parker (United States), Leonhard Roczek (Austria), Oscar Stagnaro (Peru), Cuareim Quartet, Latinamerican Quartet, Bryggan Ensemble, as well as technique and baroque repertoire with Dr. Rafael Sánchez Guevara and extended techniques with Dr. Iracema de Andrade. He studied composition with Enrico Chapela and Andrés Franco Medina-Mora, musical production and engineering with Hans Mues and Enrique Mendoza and musical programming with Pablo Silva.

He has performed in some of the most important halls in Mexico like the Nezahualcóyotl Hall, the main hall of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Esperanza Iris City Theater, the National Auditorium, the Blas Galindo Hall, among others. Outside academic music, he has been involved in performing, arranging, and transcribing Latin American popular music, Cuban danzón, and Mexican traditional music for the cello.

Along with this, he has specialized in musical composition for cinema, performing and audiovisual arts. His work has been screened around the globe on the independent circuit. In 2015 he received the nomination for “Best Original Music” at the 360 Awards for Independent Filmmakers in CDMX.

He complements this work with modular synthesis, mixed composition and free improvisation and interdisciplinary collaborations with visual arts, sculpture, live coding and even industrial design and chemistry. In 2017 he built the first six-string electric cello made in Mexico in collaboration with luthier Salvador Soto.

During the pandemic, he designed and developed Ívrida, a DSP for cello. He is currently developing Sensattice, a new distributed musical instrument based on biomaterials with a systemic, relational and participatory perspective.

Within the academy, he has published papers on theory and design of new musical instruments, in addition to giving seminars and conferences on synthesis, construction of electronic devices for musicians, sound processing and music production at bachelor’s and master’s degrees in spaces such as the International Conference “NIME 2023”; V International Congress of Acoustics at IPN and Master’s and PhD Program at UNAM.