Diego Zapata

Violinist/Venezuela

Born in Carupano, Sucre State, Venezuela in 1993, Diego began his training as a musician at 5 years old. At ten he began musical studies in Caracas Simon Bolivar Conservatory with Professor Eddy Marcano, Efrain Lara and continued at the School of Music Mozarteum Caracas, with teacher Richard Biaggini.

He was part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and in the concert conducted by the Director of the Orchestra of Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle. 

He received his bachelor degree in Juan N Corpas University, in Bogotá, Colombia, followed by an Artist Diploma and a Performance Certificate at the Richard Wagner Conservatory in Vienna and the University of Kansas, respectively. In 2021, Diego graduated from the University of Kansas where he was working on his Master’s degree with the violin professor David Colwell. Diego took  part in  numerous  festivals including the seminar on advanced technical development of violin in Merida, 2007-2008, summer courses with the professor Yuval Yaron in Santa Barbara, California, and master  classes with  such  violinists as Kristof Barati, and Daniel Austrich (iPalpiti alumnus). Diego has played several times with the National Symphony of Colombia and he was featured in the Documentary Film Foundation Orchestras of Venezuela “Tocar y Luchar.” This is his first season with iPalpiti.