Diana Lopez

trumpet

Hometown: Ibague, Colombia

Alma mater: Lynn Conservatory, B.M., 2021

Instagram: @dilotrp

First two photos by Matt Dine

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Awards/Competitions: 2nd Place, 2012 National Trumpet Competition, Bogota, Colombia; Finalist, 2011 Young Artist Competition, Cali, Colombia; 1st Place, 2010 Young Artist Competition, Ibague, Colombia

Appearances: Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Colombia, 2013–16; Chosen Vale Festival, 2021; International Music Festival, Cartagena, Colombia, 2010–11

What is your earliest memory of classical music? Listening to my dad and my brother play at home

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? At the age of 13, one of my friends inspired me to practice with a lot of dedication, and little by little I began to realize that this was what I wanted for my life. As I studied and learned more about the trumpet, it made me sure that this was what I really wanted.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply? I heard about the program from one of my classmates at Lynn. I was inspired to apply because of the experience you get in a program like this, in addition to the great variety of repertoire that we play.

Who is your biggest inspiration? MY FAMILY!!

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Astor Piazzolla

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? One of my favorite experiences as a musician was founding the Women’s Brass Association of Colombia in Fembrass, and to be able to work to continue contributing to many young people in Colombia.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Hiromi Uehara

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Piano

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Photography

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? Roy Hargrove, Ella Fitzgerald, and Hiromi Uehara. They are some of my favorite musicians, so I would have a lot to ask them.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I love riding motorcycles.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be ambitious with your dreams, work hard to achieve them, and practice hard.