Diane Chaplin

Diane Chaplin is a world-class cellist and dedicated music educator, and enjoys a career as a soloist and chamber musician. Before moving to Portland in 2009, Diane spent 21 years as the cellist of the Colorado Quartet, enjoying an international career which took her to more than twenty countries. The Colorado Quartet was the first all-female string quartet to perform the complete Beethoven Quartet cycle in both North America and Europe and their critically-acclaimed recordings of these quartets are available on the Parnassus label. Other award-winning discs can be heard on the Parnassus, Mode and Albany labels.

Diane has held teaching positions at many prestigious institutions of higher learning: she was a visiting faculty member at Yale University, and has also taught at Bard College Conservatory, Oberlin College-Conservatory and Swarthmore College. She has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Stanford University and the Banff Centre, as well as in The Netherlands, Mexico, Bosnia and Russia.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where she was a student of Cesare Pascarella, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Harvey Shapiro. She received a Special Prize from the International Cello Competition in Vina del Mar, Chile, and a Certificate from the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and has appeared in concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to her many solo and chamber music appearances, Diane is a member of the Portland Cello Project and performs with them around the U.S. She is also devoted to contemporary music performance and is solo cellist and co-director of Northwest New Music, a small ensemble that pairs cutting-edge avant garde music with classics from the 20th century. Diane is director and conductor of the Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra and Pro Arte Conservatory Strings, and director of PDX Chamber Music Workshops; she also has a large class of private cello students. Diane’s concert schedule is available at www.cellochaplin.com.