Benito Díaz, French Horn
Principal horn of the Puerto Rico symphony orchestra
Benito Díaz is the principal horn of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Also, he occupies the same position in the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, he is the horn professor and conductor of the Intermediate Band in the Escuela Libre de Música in Caguas. In 2002, the Dominican Republic National Symphony Orchestra invited him as acting principal horn in their orchestra. Also, he stands out as an arranger in the principal musical ensembles of the country.
Díaz holds two bachelor’s degrees from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music: horn performance with the professor Luis Arroyo, and musical education. Later, he received a full scholarship to study a master degree in Peabody Institute from John Hopkins University in Baltimore. In Peabody, he studied with the professor Peter Landgren, who was the associate principal horn in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and he played with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and the Goucher Chamber Orchestra. Also, he recorded the Sonata for French horn and piano from Karen A. Allen in the disc named "Da Camera".
Afterwards, the Díaz has shared stages with numerous local and international artists and chamber music groups like Metalissimo Quintet, Gabrieli Quintet, Puerto Rico Chamber Ensemble, and Camerata Caribe. In 2008, he was invited by Maestro José A. Molina to play in the Florida Symphony Orchestra.
As an educator, he has lead various student groups in the Escuela Libre de Música in Humacao as french horn teacher and the conductor of the Concert Band for thirteen years.
In 2005, he won first prize in the soloist competition of the PRSO where he closed the season performing Richard Strauss Concerto for horn No. 1 in E-flat major.