Diego Castro Magas was born in Santiago de Chile, in 1978. He started music lessons (guitar performance and music theory) under the guidance of Chilean composer Fernando Carrasco in 1992. Later, he studied guitar performance in Catholic University of Chile with Oscar Ohlsen (Diploma in Guitar performance with summa cum laude in 2000) and in University Ramon Llull with Ricardo Gallén and Fernando Rodríguez (MA in Guitar performance 2005). Currently, he is a PhD student in Contemporary Performance at University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Philip Thomas. He has also attended masterclasses from other guitarists such as Eduardo Fernández, Pablo Márquez and Magnus Andersson as well as from lutenist Hopkinson Smith.
Between 1998 and 2005, Diego was prize-winner in several classical guitar competitions such as ‘Liliana Perez Corey Guitar Contest’ in Chile, ‘Maestro Abel Carlevaro Guitar Competition’ in Uruguay, ‘Manuel Ponce Gutar Competition’ in Mexico, ‘Stotsenberg Classical Gutar Competition’ in USA and ‘Miquel Llobet Guitar Competition’ in Spain.
Since 2006, he has been focused mainly in contemporary music repertoire, introducing to Chilean audiences both solo and chamber music major guitar works by F. Donatoni, L. Francesconi, A. Clementi, G. Manca, H. Lachenmann, B. Ferneyhough, Chris Dench and M. Finnissy among others. Recently, he has collaborated with Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon, Michael Finnissy, Aaron Cassidy, Bryn Harrison and Clemens Gadenstätter in performances of their solo guitar pieces, respectively.
He has performed in main contemporary and chamber music festivals in Chile, as well as in Festival Atempo in Venezuela, 24th Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba, Festival Ars Nova in Ravensburg, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klang Festival in Durham and Tacit or Loud Festival for Artistic Research in Malmö among many others.
His first solo CD was released in 2009, featuring the first published recording of Ferneyhough’s guitar duo “No Time (at all)” along side brilliant Chilean guitarist José Antonio Escobar.
He was lecturer in Guitar Performance at Catholic University of Chile between 2006 and 2012.
For more information, please visit http://www.diegocastromagas.com/ .