Diego Suarez was born in 1992 in San Jose, Costa Rica. He began studying piano at 8 years old at the School of Musical Arts of the University of Costa Rica. Since his early years of study, Diego has performed in multiple countries, including Italy, Spain, Mexico and Chile and has been invited to join organizations, such as the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and Latin-American Forum for Musical Education (FLADEM). He has also participated in festivals, such as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the Charleston International Music School, and the Charleston Chamber Music Institute in South Carolina. Since 2011, Diego has been invited to perform regularly at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
While in his native country and abroad, Diego has studied and performed an extensive repertoire that spans from Baroque to Contemporary works. He has given recitals with works such as the 24 Chopin Etudes and the 12 Transcendental Etudes by Liszt. He also enjoys performing chamber music.
During his studies in the United States, he has won many awards, including the 2013 Edwin Davis Peacock Award for Excellence in Piano and the 2014 Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music at the College of Charleston. He released his first CD in 2012 with Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes. In 2018, he appeared in the program “My Life in Music” on The Classical Station WCPE in North Carolina.
Diego began his teaching career in Dublin, Ireland, where he served as a piano teacher in 2015 and 2016 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is currently teaching piano at the Recreation Department of the Town of Mount Pleasant and at the Charleston Academy of Music in South Carolina.
Diego holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and a Master’s Degree from the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. He is currently enrolled under the Artist Certificate Program at the College of Charleston with the guidance of Professor Volodymyr Vynnytsky.