German Diaz Blanco

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1986. He started his music studies at the age of 8, at the “Professional Conservatory” of Tenerife, He later joined the “Reina Sofia College of Music” in Madrid under the tutoring of Professor Hansjörg Schellenberger and Víctor Anchel, being awarded as best student in 2009.

In the same year, Germán Díaz moved to Munich after joining the academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he had lessons with Stefan Schilli and Ramon Ortega; and he played under the baton of conductors such as David Zinman, Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin David and Andris Nelsons on tours in Europe and Asia.

Díaz Blanco has collaborated as principal oboist with many orchestras such as: Seoul Philharmonic, Musikcollegium Winterthur, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, Camerata Salzburg, and Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife (where he was invited to perform as soloist the oboe concerto from B. A. Zimmerman).

As a chamber music player, he is regularly invited to perform with Plural Ensemble (Madrid) and Quantum Ensemble (Tenerife). He won several prizes in international oboe competitions as well, including Third Prize in the International Oboe Competition “Giuseppe Tomassini” in Petritoli (Italy, 2010), and Special Prize of the Jury in the International Oboe Competition “Gheorghe Dima”.

Has been invited to teach and perform in numerous festivals and universities such as “Nonaka Actus” (Tokyo, 2010), “Suwon University” (South Korea), “OFF Festival” (Slovenia, 2012) “Festival Piero Bellugi” y “Campus Musicale Lunigiana” (Italy, 2014); “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias” and “Festival de Música Orotava” (Spain, since 2016).

Since 2014, Diaz Blanco is the principal oboe of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, invited to perform Strauss oboe concerto in October 2017.