"Diana Morgan is a stunning flutist with a brilliant technique, a rich and beautiful tone and very strong musical instincts.”
Former Principal Flute
New York Philharmonic
A LIFELONG PASSION
Canadian-born flutist Diana Morgan has established herself as a versatile orchestral musician and soloist. Her training with former principal flutists of the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic has given her a number of international opportunities. Her teacher and mentor Jeanne Baxtresser writes, “Diana Morgan is a stunning flutist with a brilliant technique, a rich and beautiful tone and very strong musical instincts. She is also a most eloquent communicator through the written word or in working with students or addressing audiences. All of her talents convince me that Diana Morgan will continue to make a meaningful and valuable contribution to our world of music. She is always a welcome presence...in all creative and collaborative projects! ”
AWARDS, EXPERIENCE & RECOGNITION
Diana is acting piccolo and 3rd flute with the San Diego Symphony for the 2014/15 season. She has performed locally with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to name a few. Diana was appointed second flute for the 2015 Arizona MusicFest Festival Orchestra and second flute and piccolo for the 2014 and 2015 Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Diana was also selected as a fellow for the prestigious Spoleto Festival Orchestra (USA, 2011 and 2012), the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. She has attended the Domaine Forget Academy and the Orford Arts Academy, both on scholarship. Diana is on the artist roster for Cirque du Soleil and was hired as a flutist with the Star Wars in Concert international tour in 2010 and national tour in 2009.
Diana won the University of Southern California Concerto Competition, the TD Canada Trust Festival Competition, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Wilfrid Laurier Concerto Competition, and the Ken Murray Concerto Competition where she performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra at the Centre in the Square. Echo Germanica reported, “This young lady has a future, watch for her!”
Passionate about chamber music, Diana is a founding member of the classical/jazz trio "The Upside”, winners of the 2014 Beverly Hills Auditions. For more information please visit theupsidemusic.com. She recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group conducted by John Adams as part of the Green Umbrella Series. Diana is also a member of the chamber ensemble Definiens in Los Angeles. Aimed at introducing classical music to new audiences, the group has a mandate supporting the creation and performance of new chamber works.
Further chamber experiences include appearances with the internationally renowned Penderecki String Quartet at the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound. Their performance of Garland (2005 winner of the Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music) by prominent Canadian composer Linda Caitlin Smith was recorded for CBC Radio Two. In addition, Dianahas recorded and performed with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble for the New Orchestra Series and has appeared at the Perimeter Institute for the Mechanics of Art Series.
A multifaceted musician, Diana enjoyed playing on her first major motion picture score, The Soloist. She can also be heard on the albums of Juno Award-winning hip-hop artist Shad K (TSOL, 2010 and The Old Prince, 2007) and can be heard playing piccolo on “Fresh Off The Boat” (Season 2: episodes 2 and 23).
"Diana's studio work is always tasteful, brilliantly creative, and technically spot-on. She is a great listener and a soulful player with a tremendous vocabulary of ideas to draw from. I am always excited and honoured to collaborate with her."
Juno Award-winning hip-hop artist
FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER
Diana graduated from the University of Southern California with a Graduate Certificate in Performance from the studio of Jim Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, first-call studio musician and member of the jazz group Free Flight.
"Diana Morgan is a wonderful flutist, performer and teacher. Be it solo, chamber, orchestra or improvisation, she is a very special player who has become the favorite of many conductors, musical colleagues and her fine studio of flute students.”
Former Principal Flute
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Previously Diana studied with world-renowned flutist and revered pedagogue Jeanne Baxtresser and with Alberto Almarza at Carnegie Mellon University where she received her Master’s degree. Diana completed her undergraduate degree with Dr. Amy Hamilton at Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated with high distinction.
Diana is an active private teacher, a faculty member of the Junior Chamber Music program and guest coach and clinical at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She is an adjudicator for the Colburn School flute auditions in addition to being the director and faculty member at Jim Walker’s Beyond the Masterclass at the Colburn School (2011-present).