Behind extraordinary ideas, there are extraordinary people. Dumbo Feather is a magazine about these people.
Diego Matheuz has achieved more in his 29 years than most do in a lifetime. Named by Gramophone Magazine as one of the “new conductors on the verge of greatness,” Diego is seamlessly attuned to his craft, and you don’t even need to see him at work to know it. It simply emanates from his being.
Originally hailing from Venezuela, Diego is a graduate of the Venezuelan El Sistema—an internationally renowned, free orchestra program that has taught over two million students, 70 per cent of which live below the poverty line. For Diego, El Sistema is one of the few places he calls home.
In a thick accent, brimming with warmth and exuberance, Diego lights up when he speaks of home and of his music—two things so very close to his heart. His energy is infectious, the sincerity and warm familiarity to the way he speaks wraps around you, lingering just long enough to leave you completely entranced.
Despite his spirited passion and boundless charisma, Diego is about as humble as they come. Without a skerrick of arrogance, he talks of his accomplishments, and they are by no means few.
Without even skimming the surface, Diego has been Principal guest conductor of Orchestra Mozart since 2009, was appointed Principal Conductor of Teatro La Fenice in 2011 and in 2013, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela.
His globe-encompassing career has not forgotten Australia—Diego is settling, albeit briefly, in Melbourne for his second engagement since being appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Diego will be directing two symphonies this month and another in September. He may move at the pace of wildfire but Diego is unreservedly present, living his passion with unwavering devotion.