F or over two decades, maestro Laércio Diniz has presented the masterworks of the European classical tradition in the leading concert halls of Brazil. Now, he is bringing a touch of Brazil to European stages: "When performing music from Bach to Beethoven and my personal favourite Brahms, I see my role as building bridges between two musical continents. There is so much both sides can learn and teach in this encounter." With an approach that combines stunningly vital works by Brazilian composers with the traditional core of the concert repertoire to great effect, these two long-separated continents are coming a lot closer under his baton.
Diniz's career bears all the trademarks of a prodigal ascent. An early talent on the violin, he secured first prize at the "Young Soloists" competition in 1987, earning a DAAD scholarship and studying music in Cologne with the likes of Sashko Gavrilov, Susane Rabenschlag and Ingeborg Scheerer. Never one to rest on his laurels as a performer, Diniz instantly felt the urge to take on further responsibilities. Upon his return to Brazil in 1995, he founded the Aureus string quartet as well as his own baroque chamber orchestra, which would soon tour through Europe and South America. Today, he naturally combines duties as the
leader of the Orquestra Sinfônica de João Pessoa with his position as the artistic director of João Pessoa's prestigious classical music festival. Financial support from insurance company Capemisa has provided him with a high degree of creative freedom and allowed him to engage in social activities for UNESCOrecognised organisation "Lar Fabiano de Cristo"
With this carefully mapped-out trajectory in mind, it may come as a surprise that his career as a conductor, inaugurated in 2005 with a performance at Carnegie Hall, was never planned. Still, it was certainly no accident. As an experienced instrumentalist, Diniz knows all about the decisive details that can motivate an ensemble into giving a truly great performance. His goal is not to imprint a genial vision on the musicians, but to act as a conduit through which the orchestra channels its ideas. His vision, as it were, is to become invisible and enable the music to do the talking: "I can enjoy many radically different takes on a composition. In fact, it's the diversity of interpretations which makes classical music so exciting. If there is a 'right' way to perform a piece, then it must be one where the entire orchestra plays in unison and the music flows freely."
It is an approach that perfectly matches his warm, collegial personality and has won him prestigious live engagements and recording projects. The last months saw him intensifying his work in Europe with a plethora of concerts and the beginning of a long-term relationship with classical producer Dirk Fischer's new
label Solaire. A first recording of Nimrod Borenstein's "Suspended op96" was in August 2015, and seems like the perfect match: As a ballet, it's rhythmical focus is sure to benefit from Diniz's Brazilian roots.
“Conducted by Laércio Diniz, were at their best here” -The New York Times (USA)
“I enjoyed the disc . The music is extremely well played by Laecio Diniz and das freie orchester.” This is a lovely disc to dip into.”- Robert Hugill on Mar 7 2016 /Planethugill.com(England)
"Brazilian conductor Laercio Sinhorelli Diniz is an inspired craftsman, whose past as a violinist must have proven itself beneficial during the recording of Suspended opus 69; not unlike we see in documentaries about Jaap van Zweden currently being broadcast." -Aart van der Wal, maart 2016 /opus klassiek (Netherlands)
“Sound quality for this production is of demonstration quality, with plenty of detail as well as a satisfying spaciousness and the best use of that gorgeous Jesus-Christus-Kirche acoustic.”
Dominy Clements /music web (England)
“an impassioned and texturally luscious reading”- Textura.org (Canada)
“Sia l’orchestra berlinese, sia il direttore brasiliano sono stati in grado di rendere assai bene le sfumature
necessarie per esaltare al massimo le due partiture, così come la presa del suono,”-Andrea Bedetti /CD. Classico (Italy)
“Brazilian conductor Laércio Diniz and the musicians of das freie orchester berlin scale their performance to the natural dimensions of the music, unleashing avalanches of sound in extroverted passages that ideally complement the score’s prevailing if deceptive serenity.”
“Carefully managing the orchestral sound, Diniz heightens the emotional impact of the composer’s depiction of isolation even in the midst of a vibrant community.”
“Diniz and the Berlin musicians shape their performance of ‘Boys and girls’ with great eloquence, creating an
“Like all of the score’s movements, the striking waltz is played with compelling immediacy by das freie orchester
berlin and conducted with skill and emotional involvement by Laércio Diniz. Musically, emotionally, and technologically, this is a disc of perception-altering, genre-redefining significance.” VoixdesArts-°©‐by JosephNewsome 03/04/16
“Gastdirigent Diniz führte die Kammerphilharmonie souverän durch den anspruchsvollen Abend und teilte die Freude am Musizieren bis zur letzten Blume”- Renate Bojanowski (Germany)