Professor Diana Ketler
"The pianist was astonishingly refined and tasteful Diana Ketler. I have rarely heard such delicacy, yet she also rose to occasions of great power easily.
Her phrasing was exquisite and myriad colours were summoned from the piano"
- New Concert Review
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Royal Academy of Music
Haute École de Musique
A native of Riga, Latvia, Diana Ketler began her piano studies at the age of 5, encouraged by both her parents. Her father, a well-known operatic baritone, and her mother, a choral conductor and singing teacher, were her early inspiration and source of her love for the opera and for the musical collaboration with other artists.
She studied at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy, at the Mozarteum University for Music in Salzburg and at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Diana started performing as a soloist at an early age, giving her debut with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11, under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky.
Diana's concert life as a soloist and chamber musicians has taken her to many great musical centres of Europe, Asia and the USA. She performed at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Gasteig and Prinzregententheater in Munich, Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Centre in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, Bridgwater Hall in Manchester, Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Konzertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels, Atheneum in Bucharest, Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Diana is a regular guest at the prominent international festivals, such as Lucerne, Gstaad and Boswil Festivals in Switzerland, Kuhmo Festival in Finland, Rheingau Festival and Mosel Festival in Germany, Wiener Musikwochen and Carintischer Sommer in Austria, Spoletto Festival in Italy, Oxford Chamber Music Festival.
Diana's performances have been broadcast on TV and Radio, including BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Bavarian Radio, NHK in Japan, ORF in Austria, Latvian Radio, Radio France International.
Diana has recorded six award-winning CDs with the Solo Musica in Munich.
Diana has a keen interest in contemporary repertoire and has worked with composers such as Peteris Vasks, Arvo Part, Franco Donatoni, Gyorgy Ligeti. Argentinian composer Marcelo Nisinman and Latvian Santa Ratniece have written pieces for her. Diana loves chamber music and has collaborated with many wonderful artists, including Wolfram Christ, Konstantin Lifschitz, Frans Helmerson, Gilles Apap, Sasha Zemtsov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Mihaela Martin, Boris Brovtsyn, Alina Pogostkina, Philippe Graffin, Wilde Frang, Juliane Banse, Marc Padmore and many others.
Diana is a founding member of the Ensemble Raro, one of the most exceptional and highly acclaimed chamber groups in Europe.
Diana has always had a passion for new projects. Together with a violist Razvan Popovici she founded the Chiemgauer Musikfruehling Festival in Bavaria, the 16 th edition of which was held in 2019; and the SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, which in the last 14 years developed into one of the most exciting an important chamber music festivals of today. Diana is the Artistic Director of both Festivals.
Diana is a co-founder of an International Educational Chamber Music Programme Interferences, which takes place in Romania, Italy and Germany and awards scholarships to young talented musicians to study and perform together with their more experienced colleagues.
Diana is a Piano Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Chamber Music Professor at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. Her students have performed internationally and achieved success in major competitions such as ARD in Munich and Hamamatsu in Japan.
Diana has given master classes in Norway, Italy, Latvia, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, Spain and Germany.
Diana is a recipient of the Latvian Great Music Award, Latvia's highest distinction in the field of classical music.
In 2016, Diana was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In her spare time, Diana loves to read and she also writes poetry.