Meet Our Faculty

Santiago Diaz

Guitar: all styles

Teaching Philosophy

With expertise in both classical and electric guitar I am able to teach various musical genres, including classical, rock, blues-rock, blues, folk, and pop, among others. My teaching philosophy in both classical and electric guitar is based on three main pillars: inspiration, trust, and health. I inspire the student by demonstrating what the guitar can do and I use their goals as the main driver to tailor the lesson’s structure. I establish trust with the student because I care and see them as a whole person, not just a guitar student. Lastly, I emphasize proper technique as it will keep the student from becoming injured and help them to effectively play the instrument. Both my teaching philosophy and performing philosophy are the same: that the most important skill is to have a mind that is in a state of relaxed concentration. I believe in the great creative power of a peaceful, relaxed, yet highly focused mind. These are components that are essential to successfully play a musical instrument. They are also highly beneficial skills in all areas of life.


Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in Guitar Performance, New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of David Leisner and Eliot Fisk


Mexican native Santiago Diaz has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with his stunningly electric and exquisitely sensitive guitar performances, establishing him as one of the leading virtuosos of his generation. His dazzling technique, astonishing artistic intuition, and daring interpretations have set him apart as a unique artist. Santiago began studying the guitar at age 13 at the National School of Music in Mexico City where his talents began to flourish. Two years later, he made his public performing debut at Sala Huehuecóyotl, catching the attention of musical connoisseurs and marking the beginning of his performing solo career. Since then, Santiago has performed in solo recitals at festivals and concert series’ around the world, including the Boston Guitar Fest, the Merida, Morelos, and Cuernavaca International Guitar Festivals in Mexico, the prestigious Bellas Artes Guitar Cycle in Mexico City, the Festival International des Cordes Pincees de Rabat in Morocco, the Masters of the Future Concert Series in Newport (RI), and First Night Boston. He has presented concerts at Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Athenaeum, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Manuel M. Ponce Hall in Mexico City, the Newport Art Museum, the Ellingwood Concert series in Nahant, and the Civic Morning Musicals Live series in Syracuse (NY). He is also a highly experienced rock guitarist. In addition to his active performing career, Santiago is an accomplished teacher, dedicated to inspiring creativity and excellence in students of all ages.